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my blood test came back positive for spina bifida occulta does this mean my baby will have this?

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I just got the results back from the blood screening and it came back positive for spina bifida occulta. Is there a possibilty it may be wrong or that my baby will be normal and not have this how accurate are these tests?

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not necissarily.  There is a very high false positive with these tests.  With my older daughter, it came back positive, and they scheduled an ultrasound (which ended up taking almost 3 hours) and measured every inch of her spine, the areas between her spine, bones, everything!!  My daughter is 7 and everything is fine.Take a deep breath, and discuss your concerns with your OB, and what might come next.
I am in the same boat.  I got a call that my quad screen came back with a positive for spina bifida.  They said my chances went from the normal "1 in 800" chance, to "1 in 257" chance.  I suppose those are still pretty good odds, but I can't help but freak out a bit.  It's scary to recieve that news, and I feel so helpless.  The good news is that there are MANY false positives- although I don't care about any of the others, I just want to know about mine.  Other considerations are that many cases of spina bifida are correctable by surgery, either in utero, or shortly after birth.  Here are some numbers that should make you feel better.  My husband did a little research to calm me down from that phone call...  1 in 12 women get a positive result from those screen tests.  Out of those positives, over 90% go on to have perfectly healthy babies.  Although its a scare, the numbers really are on our side.  Makes me wonder why I agreed to do this stress causer in the first place.  I have my ultrasound tomorrow, where they will take a very close look at the baby's spine.  That should tell us more.  I will keep you posted!
I just got back from my US, and everything looks good.  No signs of Spina Bifida, whatsoever.  WHEW!!!  We also found out that we're having a boy!!!
I just got back from my US, and everything looks good.  No signs of Spina Bifida, whatsoever.  WHEW!!!  We also found out that we're having a boy!!!
I just got back from my US, and everything looks good.  No signs of Spina Bifida, whatsoever.  WHEW!!!  We also found out that we're having a boy!!!
congrats Krissykrissy!!
congradulations krissy..... I will be kept in suspense until june 30th thats when I get my ultrasound to find out. So until then I will be praying that all is well with my baby.
how did the US go BBaldo???  sending good vibes your way!!
well i had the ultrasound and came back with worse news... no spina bifida but not enough fluid around the baby and they are concerned. So now Im praying for a miracle hoping that some how I get more fluid I want my baby to live.
I am 16 wks 4 days pregnant.I got a call from my doctors office this morning about positive spina bflida.I am much worried.Can any one help out me ?

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