Has anyone out there heard of Choroid plexus cysts on the brain and what do you know about them? I am 17 wks preggo and just had an ultrasound today to find out I am having a girl. On the ultrasound, they saw these cysts on the brain but assured me that it was very common and that they usually go away on their own. My doctor did not seemed concerned either. So, of course, as soon as I got home, I googled it to find out all this info on the link of these cysts to genetic abnormalities.......I am 39 yo and do not plan to have any of the genetic testing done, but I would have liked to have known that this could possibly be linked to a genetic disorder.......now, I'm heartbroken :(
This is what I found on Babyzone. Sounds like it's pretty common. I wouldn't worry too much if your doctor isn't worried. Congrats on your little girl.
The choroid plexus is an area of the brain that is not involved thinking or personality. Rather, the choroid plexus makes a fluid that protects and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. When a fluid-filled space is seen in the choroid plexus during an ultrasound, it is called a choroid plexus cyst (CPC). "We don't know why, but between 1 and 3 percent of all fetuses will manifest a CPC at 16 to 24 weeks of pregnancy," says Dr. Roy A. Filly, a Professor of Radiology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Chief of the Section of Diagnostic Sonography at University of California, San Francisco. CPCs can be found either on one side of the brain (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). They can vary in size and shape, from small and round to large and irregular. Some fetuses have more than one.
Regardless of their number, shape or size, choroid plexus cysts are not harmful to the baby. "I am not aware of a single instance where a CPC caused damage to a fetus," says Dr. Filly.
Dr. Peter Doubilet, a Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, agrees, "That's one very important fact. CPCs are not harmful, and they nearly always go away by the third trimester of pregnancy."
If CPCs are found during an ultrasound, the radiologist will scrutinize every organ and body part to look for other abnormalities, such as a malformed heart, head, hands or feet, and stunted growth of the baby. When no other abnormalities are found, the diagnosis is called an "isolated CPC."
as matter of fact it's normal and around then 1-3 yrs old shoud go around 1-3 year old should have his go away by the the it's normal for the cpd to dissapear around 3 years. they normally dissapear totally by 5 years old.
mssg me if you like. I won't share any details. :) I'm good at keeping secrets. .
I'll pray that the radiologist doesnt find anything on when baby is born. I have a feeling that this baby will be a baby will tun out to be a boy for some reason.:)
When mason was born his when mason was born he had somethin similar that he shoul've I was lucky TJ didnt die.yet our time lines have been off for
again I'm sorry for comparing our situations.
I and next time I'll b sure I don't mssg you later.
I hope this makes sense as its 1:30am and I'm about to fall asleep at the computer, lol.
TTYL and God Bless,
P.S. I'm so sorry if this is informal or minformed:plz correct me if my info is wrong.
My daughter had these CPC's when I was pregnant with my fourth daughter in 1999. They assured me that it was "most likely" going to be fine but I chose to have a level 2 ultrasound done to assure us that our baby didn't have Trisomy 18 or 21. Nowadays they do the nuchal screening for that. Did you have that done already? My daughter is now 11 and never had any problems or issues associated with the CPC's. We never had another ultrasound to check and see if they went away, either. When they found them in 1999 they were a relatively new finding but now they are more common and in 1-2% of all babies. I'm sure things will be fine but I do remember our concern and worry and I understand yours as well. Good luck!
Thanks to all of you for your input....sorry it's taken me so long to respond.....I decided not to worry just as the doctors informed me....No, I will not have any of the genetic testing as I do not want to worry any more than I already do (worried about my first dd too)! I am 40 yrs old and knowing that the tests could come back falsely positive and putting my pregnancy in jeopardy with a possible miscarriage (and possibly putting a normal healthy baby at risk) doesn't seem like a sensible option to me, especially since I would not abort anyway.....I go back to my OB tomorrow and they plan to do another US then.....
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