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Pregnant. TIFFA scan shows fetal heart valve not visible. Worried

Gud Moring Doctor, I am 35yrs old and 20 weeks pregant and my doctor asked to go for TIFFA scan.. I had TIFFA scan yesterday.. and my Radiologist said, Fetal heart valve (one) are not clearly visible.. so u need to go for this scan again after 4 weeks..because for some mothers it will be visible in 20th week itself, but for some it may take time !!!! I am bit worried about this !! please suggest me wat to do .. Thanx in advance
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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Hi Rani Good morning,
Thanks for your question.
TIFFA scan is done for targeted imaging of fetal anomalies. Usually it is done at 18-20 weeks. Most of the major structural abnormalities can be picked up at this stage except for heart or cardiac defects. The best time to view a babies heart is at 24 weeks of gestation.
I don't think you should be so worried at present. You have two choices; you may wait for 4 weeks & go for a repeat scan at 24 weeks or you may go for a tertiary level scan from a specialist sonologist in your area. If the report is still not certain other options are fetal echocardiography or perhaps doppler ultrasound scan.
Best of luck.
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