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Conditions and Concerns

Listed below are genetic conditions and other issues we cover in our screenings. You can also read more about pregnancy-related conditions, or conditions that cause other concerns.

  • Choroid Plexus Cysts: Information about Choroid plexus cysts (CPCs), which are fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in the choroid plexus, the part of the brain that makes cerebrospinal fluid, which coats the spinal cord and brain.
  • Down Syndrome: A topic overview of down syndrome on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
  • Echogenic Bowel: Details about an echogenic bowel, an unusually bright appearance of the baby's bowel on an ultrasound.
  • Echogenic Cardiac Focus: A description of echogenic cardiac focus (ECF), also known as echogenic chordae.
  • Hydronephrosis/ Pelviectasis: Information about hydronephrosis, also known as pyelectasis or pelviectasis.
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction: Details about intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), a condition in which a baby is smaller than expected for its gestational age.
  • Miscarriage: A topic overview of the loss of a pregnancy during the first 20 weeks from our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise Health Encyclopedia website. 
  • Nuchal Fold Thickening: A description of the condition, which is an increased thickness of the skin at the base of a fetus's neck.
  • Polyhydramnios: A description, list of causes, how to diagnose, and the impact the condition may have on your pregnancy.
  • Single Umbilical Artery: Information about when an unborn baby has a single umbilical artery.
  • Spina Bifida: Topic overview of spina bifida, a type of birth defect called a neural tube defect from our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise Health Encyclopedia website.
  • Ventriculomegaly: Description of a condition of an enlargement of the lateral ventricles, the fluid-filled spaces normally found in each side of the brain.
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