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Cause of brown spotting in early pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms
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User :   Hello
I am approx 6 weeks pregnant. For the past 4 weeks I have had brown spotting, last Fri there was one occasion where this was red blood. I went to the clinic and had a blood test. My HCG count was 2845.
I went for a scan yesterday and they couldn't see the fetus, they said this was either due to it being too early or the baby hasn't been developing. I had another blood test and the HCG was 4438. The doctor said it was a reasonable rise but not as much as they would have wanted, so to treat it as a potential pregnancy for the time being. I have to go back in 10 days for another scan.
I also went to my GP - an appointment I had made last week and decided to keep. He suggested I might have a blighted ovum.
How likely is this? I am worried sick and am very anxious about the 10 day wait until the next scan. Please can you give me some advice. Many thanks
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   please give me time to read this??
User :   hello
Doctor :   is your spotting heavy/light??
User :   very light
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what about ur pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness??
Doctor :   are they still there or else reduced ??
User :   not really had it - know what it's like because had it with first child
User :   not had many symptoms at all, if any
Doctor :   ok
User :   do you think it might be a blighted ovum?
Doctor :   can u just tell me your ultrasound report??
User :   no, I don't know it, couldn't see the fetus - that's all I know. I'm from the UK
Doctor :   ok
User :   I only have a few mins left tho!!
Doctor :   i need to take detailed history so please give me time
Doctor :   brown spotting in early weeks of pregnancy may be normal also
User :   I know this - my GP has told me. What are the chances of blighted ovum though? Thanks
Doctor :   but only thing is by 6 weeks atleast yolk sac should should be viusible in ultrasound
User :   is yolk sac he same as the sac? they saw the sac
Doctor :   yes
User :   They saw that but nothing inside it
Doctor :   and u can ask for doppler to detect fetal heart to know the viability
Doctor :   ohh
User :   they said it was too soon for that - I asked
User :   are the HCG levels normal and the rise
User :   are you still there?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   i am here
Doctor :   and u can trust on Macrobid
User :   whats macrobid
Doctor :   and also take water as much as possible
Doctor :   sorry
Doctor :   that msg not for u
Doctor :   that msg is for another patient i am extremely sorry
User :   what do you think about blighted ovum?
Doctor :   blighted ovum
User :   yes - I mentioned in the original question
Doctor :   blighted ovum means empty sac
Doctor :   that is a sac with out embryo
User :   I know that but what about my chances of having it?

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