Anomaly Scan

Anomaly scan or 20-week scan is the prenatal ultrasound performed between weeks 18 and 22. In this scan, fetal anomalies like cleft lip, anencephaly, diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart defects, spina bifida, etc., are looked for.

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My 22-weeks pregnant wife underwent an anomaly scan and found an aberrant right subclavian artery. Can it be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 22 weeks pregnant. Anomaly scan results show an aberrant right subclavian artery found in my baby's heart. Karyotyping results seem normal. No genetic issues are seen. However, I am worried about my baby's health. Does any treatment available for aberrant right subclavian art...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern.Aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA) is generally associated with down syndrome and other aneuploidies. If Karyotyping results are normal, then nothing is to be done at present.You can consult a pediatric cardiologist to get further ins...  Read Full »

My pregnant wife recently underwent an X-ray, and I am worried about radiation exposure. Can you please help?

Query: Hello¬†doctor,My wife is seven weeks pregnant. She had to undergo an X-ray and mammogram recently. Is there any risk of radiation to the fetus?  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it is difficult to say if there would be any long-term effects to the fetus. You can get an early anomaly scan at 12 weeks of pregnancy to rule out any abnormalities. Usually, a single exposure does not cause trouble. So, for all practical purpos...  Read Full »

Can a repeat anomaly scan cause miscarriage?

Query: Hello doctor,I am second time pregnant and my first son is 11 months old. Now, I am 20 weeks pregnant and the reports of the 12 weeks scan and the quad marker are normal. I do not have a family history of any abnormality but, my 20 weeks scan shows some abnormality. There is some thickness in the ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. Please attach your reports again as they were not very clear. The main purpose of the anomaly scan is to check that the baby is developing normally. If the doctors suspect that your baby has a heart problem, you will be asked to come in for a...  Read Full »

Does a hypoplastic nasal bone suggest Down syndrome?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29-year-old pregnant woman and went through an anomaly scan. An anomaly scan showed hypoplastic nasal bone in the baby that might lead to Down syndrome. However, in my third-month NT scan, the baby's nasal bone was seen. Also, in the double marker test, Down syndrome was at low r...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. NT (nuchal translucency)scan and double marker are screening tests that only tell if the baby is at high or low risk for Down syndrome. It does not rule it out completely. Hypoplastic nasal bone (not well-developed nasal bone) is only one ...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get the MMR vaccine during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in an unplanned pregnancy of 6 weeks. Two to three weeks after conceiving, I unknowingly drank wine when I was highly stressed. I had a fluoride treatment at the dentist and received an MMR booster vaccine. My doctor is concerned about the potential risks. Online sources seem fine or...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The MMR vaccine is a real threat in a pregnant state (mumps, measles and rubella). Yes, nobody could say you either continue or terminate the pregnancy. Just go through the details. If you wish to adopt the potential risk, then you can continue. For further information...  Read Full »

How do Deviry and Krimson affect pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I missed my periods for the last four months. So, I had Deviry 10 mg two tablets a day for five days, but I did not get periods. Then, I started taking Krimson 35 for 21 days. Still, I did not get periods. Then I had a pregnancy test and unfortunately, it turned to be positive. Now, I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Deviry is progesterone and it would have supported the pregnancy. But, Krimson 35 contains Cyproterone acetate. It is a category C drug and not to be taken during pregnancy at all. In fact, Krimson35 is advised only in cases of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Now, yo...  Read Full »

What to do if you get chickenpox during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old. My weight is 48 kg. I am 3 months 2 weeks pregnant. Now, I got chickenpox. I am very anxious about the adverse affect for my baby. I have visited a gynecologist and she suggested me to get abortion. Please clarify me the right step.  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Really this is a confusing state, but this does not mean you have to abort the fetus right now. When mother get infected with chickenpox, fetus carries a risk. But the risk is only 2% and in those cases the fetus might develop rarely some form of abnormality. Thus...  Read Full »

Fetal scan shows the presence of only one kidney. How to lead life with single kidney?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 28 weeks pregnant. All my fetal scans taken so far shows, my baby has only one kidney, which is the left one, and it is working normally. I have attached the document. I doubt whether there is a left kidney somewhere down, not sure, but if it is there, it would be very small. But...  Read Full »


Dr. Tarek Algamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Many children with a single kidney will have a normal life without further complications. But still there is some risk of development of some problems later in life : 1. Development of high blood pressure. 2. Urinary tract infections. 3. Decreased kidney function...  Read Full »

What does my double marker blood test indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 12 weeks 5 days pregnant. I got my NT scan and double marker blood test results. NT value 1.1 mm, free b-hCG 1.52 MOM, PAPP-A 0.37 MOM, trisomy 21+NT risk 1:1132, trisomy 21 1:169, trisomy 13/18+NT. In urine culture, there is no significant growth observed after 48 hours. I am curre...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the report completely (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your report is normal and there is no need to worry. If you want a detailed explanation about the report, then here you go. There are some genetic syndromes, which are happening worl...  Read Full »

In my 18th week of pregnancy, clubfoot was diagnosed. Should I undergo amniocentesis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am in my 18th week of pregnancy. The fetus has been diagnosed with clubfoot when I went for an anomaly scan on the 16th week. There is no other anomaly diagnosed so far. Please let me know if I have to undergo amniocentesis to rule out other associated anomalies. If I am not wrong, I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyoti Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Clubfoot (twisted foot) is not an uncommon anomaly and its prognosis is good. It means, it is correctable in most cases. Amniocentesis is an invasive procedure. If you have already undergone biochemical markers like a dual marker or triple test and they are negative, then...  Read Full »

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