bump #103: another disheartening anatomy scan

It was only a little over a year ago that we had an anatomy scan and received the terrible news that there were indications of Vasa Previa. This was a serious condition that would have put mine and Oliver's life at risk throughout the pregnancy and delivery. Thankfully, a thorough ultrasound showed that while there were complications (a succenturiate lobe and low lying placenta) that would require a cesarean delivery, there were no longer life threatening issues. Phew!

Even so, we didn't breathe easy until we held our baby in our arms.

We thought that was the worst news we could ever receive about our baby and our pregnancy.

Until today.

Today our doctor informed us that our anatomy scan from last week shows a choroid plexus cyst on baby Everett's brain. I have never heard of this before, but apparently it is somewhat common occurring in 1-2% of all pregnancies and it usually resolves itself by 32 weeks causing no complications. Not great news, but we can handle this.

Unfortunately, a choroid plexus cyst can also be an indicator of serious chromosomal abnormalities, specifically Trisomy-18. Nearly 40% of babies born with Trisomy-18 have a choroid plexus cyst. This is not comforting. Our doctor does not seem too concerned and doesn't even feel a level II scan is necessary, and certainly not an amniocentesis. She explained that we don't have any of the other serious risk factors so we'll just "wait and see". But we are very concerned and want to be prepared for a best and worst case scenario, so we are pushing for a level II scan, even if we have to pay out of pocket without her referral, but remember the nightmare it was to even get an appointment at Specialty Obstetrics last time. I'll let Andrew handle the logistics of this one.

We know that God is in control, he works miracles everyday, and this pregnancy has been nothing short of a miracle. So we are praying for healing, for a healthy baby, and wise doctors to help us.

Thank you for joining us in prayer.

We'll update when we know more.


  1. I don't remember if I ever blogged about (or told you) that they found a "white spot" on Clara's heart in our anatomy scan (and several following scans) that they casually mentioned was a marker for Down Syndrome. I was on pins and needles truthfully up until she was born, so it blew me away that the doctor never seemed to take it all that seriously. I guess it's good news when the doctor isn't alarmed, but still, I don't blame you at all for wanting to be prepared. Praying!!

  2. Oh gosh, how scary, Bren!! I will be praying!!

  3. I'm sorry you are going through this. Praying that it will resolve itself and baby boy is nice and healthy.


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