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Fetal diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 21, 2009
  • 04:24 PM

I am 35 weeks pregnant.

At 34 weeks, I had a standard ultrasound with a technician.

The tech said the head, stomach, fluid all looked fine and were the right size for 34 weeks but the bones in the legs and arms were short, measuring about 31 weeks. She told me to come back in 2 weeks to make sure there was 2 weeks of growth.

My OBGYN called me later in the day and said he didn't want me to go back to the tech, I should make an appt w/ a parinatologist which is a doc that specializes in fetal development.

I went to the parinatologist for the ultrasound. It was a 2D u/s which I understand is one of the best and most accurate types. She confirmed what the tech had told me, head and other parts and fluid measuing at 35 weeks (I just had this u/s this week) but arms/legs short. The density is good. The bones are shaped properly. There are no classic signs of a specific skeletal dysplasia disease such as excess amniotic fluid, fractures, curviture, etc...

Basically, the arm/leg bones were measurements were in the range for a gestational age of 30 - 34 weeks or 29 - 33 weeks. I am 35 weeks.

I only got to see the specialist for about 10 minutes and she did not answer my questions or provide any new information. She said they will not know anything until months after the baby is born. She said it is not possible for the legs and arms to catch up to the rest of the body either in utero or outside, so at a minimum, the child will have short arms and legs forever. This does not make sense to me.

She said the baby will look normal, it is not going to have freakishly or even noticeably short limbs at birth.

The final diagnosis is 'Suspected Slight Skeletal Dysplasia' which obviously is not really a diagnosis, it is the broadest possible term.

Does anyone have any experience with this????

I don't know if I should be worried or not, I have no idea what to think or prepare for???

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  • Your email was from 2009 and now it is 2012. We are in EXACTLY the same situation you were in - the long bones in the legs are lagging behind the other measurements by a full 2+ weeks but no other deformations. Please tell us about your personal outcome. Terrified in Arizona
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    • November 16, 2012
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