Missing middle bone on baby's pinky.

Eb - posted on 02/12/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello,

I am 21 weeks pregnant and so far my pregnancy has been almost perfect. Perfect until my 20 week ultrasound detected missing middle bone on my baby's pinky, which is a soft marker for Down syndrome. Terrified I went ahead and did the amniocentesis test and the FISH results came back negative for Down syndrome, but I am still waiting for the final results. The baby's growth is normal and there are no other abnormalities that the tests have shown. The doctor says this is genetic but we can't find anyone in the family with this issue. I believe it's called clinodactyly. At this point since there are no other "abnormalities" I need to know if anyone else had this shown on their ultrasound results or had a baby who was born with clinodactyly? I am worried and don't know what to expect when the baby is born. Will he have difficulties with his hand?!

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Eb - posted on 02/13/2016

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Hi. Thank you for your comment. I agree that it won't make a difference to him. My biggest concern is what has caused the bone to be missing if all my test results have come back normal. I guess I am
Worried that it might lead to something bigger that just having a little crooked pinky. I just hope and pray that my baby is healthy otherwise.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/13/2016

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He won't know any difference. Since he will be born without that bone, he will learn to do everything without it, and it will not be abnormal to him. It will be totally normal for him.

Eb - posted on 02/13/2016

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Thank you Sarah. I am new to this site. I didn't mean to doublicate the post and don't know how to delete them :(

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2016

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In the community of genetics there are "soft" and "hard" markers for Down's Syndrome on a level 2 ultrasound. If you child had only clinodactyly on the US, that is one soft marker for DS. Since you have had an amniocentesis, you don't need to worry about other genetic anomalies. I worked as a labor and delivery room nurse for many years and this is more common than you'd think. I can't imagine that it would affect your child's development, ability to write etc. Rest easy mama
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