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a pin sized leakage in her valve of the heart!?

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i went in for a fetal echo just yesterday and the doctor told me that the baby had a pin sized leakage in her valve of the heart he said this was normal and not to worry unless it got bigger in size i am so worried how common is this? what causes it and can it close up on its own or does it remain there? i am 22 weeks almost 23 he also said there was a tiny amount of fluid around her heart but that he had also seen this is many normal pregnancy's please help i am worried sick!! what causes the fluid and how can i make sure the leakage in the heart wont get bigger?

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replied April 11th, 2011
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The fetal echo report can be discussed in detail with a perinatologist or a neonatal specialist regarding getting answers for your queries. The prognosis would depend on which heart valve is affected and what is the extent of the leak. A repeat follow-up scan/echo done at about 32-36 weeks will help to know how the condition is and whether the leak has progressed. Small amount of fluid around the heart and mild leak from the valves of heart is considered to be normal in pregnancy (early pregnancy). As pregnancy progresses, these get corrected in time (if minor). If these continue to progress then the prognosis might vary.
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