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Q. What is the ventricular echogenic focus seen in pregnancy scan?

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Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 10, 2020

Hi doctor,

My sister got her 22-week pregnancy scan, and a small left ventricular echogenic focus was noted. Please advice.

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiology Critical Care Physician General Medicine Internal Medicine
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Hi,

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I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Let me tell you what is an echogenic focus is. It may be a calcium deposit, and it is commonly seen in the left ventricle of the heart in the prenatal second and third pregnancy ultrasounds.

It is a rare finding, and it does not show any adverse outcomes in the absence of other factors. It will not cause any harm to the heart, and it will not develop any problem with the development of a baby. But in the presence of other risk factors, the doctor performs these screening tests, like Down's syndrome screening. Otherwise, just the presence of an echogenic spot will not raise the chance of getting any chromosomal or genetic disorder.


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The Down's syndrome test was negative. I hope that there is nothing to worry.

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