Echogenic Intracardiac Focus (EIF) (white spot on heart)

Michelle - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I am 18 weeks pregnant and I had an ultra sound today. The doctor found an EIF on my baby's heart. All of my blood work for chromosomal defects have come back negative and so far the baby appears to be doing fine. No signs of Down syndrome. The doctor told me not to worry, but that is easier said than done. Has anyone gone thru this? I am scared to death!! Why even tell me about it if I shouldn't worry!!! Help...

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Shirley - posted on 04/30/2012

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I was told at 20 weeks my son had eif white spot on left ventricle .. The doctor totally freaked me out .. He said ' this is a soft market for downs, you need amnio to make sure ' he said this while I was on my own .. My husband wasn't at the visit .. I just went blank ... I am 43 and baby is due in June 2012 .. I got a second opinion that doc said not to worry it was a common thing and he said the chances were very low if that was the only marker ... So now I have one doctor who says 'worry' and one that says 'don't worry' ..cannot enjoy the pregnancy just scared of the responsibility .. ( I have three other children ) I am not pro abortion so aborting is out of the question anyway .. I just wonder if it's wise to tell the parents about the eif at all ??

Carrie - posted on 06/02/2009

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Michelle,
First thing you need to do is be calm.....I had the same thing with my 2 1/2 yr old. I was over 35 so I had already had the thing were they take fluid right from the belly. Sorry it is early here and I cannot think, but saw your question and wanted to answer right away.
I spoke with my doctor and insisted they run more test. I am in Edmonton, Alberta and was sent to the childrens hospital were I saw a children's heart doctor. I had a ultra sound specifically for my son's heart. It took about an hour were you couldn't move or talk, but in the end they found it was nothing. He now almost three and definatly very happy and healthy. Insist on more test!!!

I hope this helps,
Carrie

Danielle - posted on 06/02/2009

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I have had the exact experience and totally paniced! I researched it and there was not much out there. I was up all hours of the night on the computer and found someone who had experienced it and delivered a healthy baby who had posted comments about it 2 years earlier. I went as far and had an amnio, just because I wanted to be as prepared as possible and begin researching services for my child if she was born with Downs. I can tell you that during my amnio (cried the whole time) they said it was common to find out that the spot was a shadow and would no longer be there, (my daughter's spot was still there), they often find mulltiple spots, (which in my case they didn't). They checked for all of the other marker's for Downs - limb lengths, fingers, roll in neck andit appeared that there were not any other markers for Downs present. They of course still could not say for sure that she didn't have Downs, but it took a bit of my worry away. Needless to say ignorance is bliss I certainly didn't enjoy my last prgenancy as much as my first 2, but in the end my daughter was born healthy (she is almost 2). I am an extreme worrier and don't suggest doing what I did, but I can tell you that the ultrasound equipment today is so much more accurate now that they think these spots showing up may have been present in many more infants, but they weren't able to detect them, so it may just be the case that we can now see so much more. If your blood work came back fine, I would try to be positive - but as you said it is not that easy. Good luck and feel free to contact me, I know how stressful this time can be. Are you having a boy or a girl?

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