Cystic Hygroma

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By H. My husband and I are currently waiting to have our termination in another three days. I am will be 18 weeks pregnant when I have the procedure. At our 12-week scan we learned that our baby had a cystic hygroma which could indicate a heart defect, a chromosomal abnormality or an inherited genetic disorder. A few days later we had a specialised scan to diagnose the problem. The technician was unable to confirm anything. What they could see looked fine in regards to heart, size of baby, etc. They offered us a termination at this point, but said there was still a 5-10% chance the baby could be born completely […]


Q&A: How Do I Decide?

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Have a question for Ending a Wanted Pregnancy? Email us. QUESTION My daughter has been prenatally diagnosed with a chromosome deletion (4p 15.2 16, possible Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome) and we’re having to decide now what to do. I’m 19 weeks pregnant. How do I decide? Any resources you can recommend would be very appreciated. ANSWER We are so sorry you are going through this. It is not clear from your note if you are still deciding whether or not to continue your pregnancy. We are not experts on any particular diagnosis, and would be reluctant to weigh in on such a personal decision even if we were. You can […]


What is Wolf-Hirschshorn Syndrome?

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Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) is a condition that results when there is a deletion on the short arm of chromosome 4. This missing genetic material results in severe developmental delays and seizures. It is associated with variety of birth defects including microcephaly (small head size), cranial asymmetry, heart defects, curvature of the spine and cleft lip and/or palate. Prognosis depends on what birth defects are present. It is estimated that around 35% of WHS patients die within the first two years of life. Children with WHS often exhibit severe to profound cognitive and physical disabilities.   For more information about Wolf-Hirschshorn Syndrome, visit: – Wolf-Hirschshorn Syndrome OMIM – Wolf-Hirschchorn Syndrome Medscape – Wolf-Hirschshorn Syndrome […]