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Question: Can ultrasounds NOT pick a pregnancy up?

 happybunny2308 - Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:46 pm

Is it possible for an ultrasound to NOT by some weird chance to not pick a pregnancy up?
 Dr. K. Eisele - Sat Feb 10, 2007 12:57 am

User avatar HappyBunny:

First of all, anything is possible. To answer your question more precisely, however, I need a little more information:

1) pregnancy test positive?
2) suspected multiple gestation (more than one fetus)?
3) how long since conception occurred?
 happybunny2308 - Sat Feb 10, 2007 6:46 am

Well I havent had my period for a little over 4 months, I look like I"m kinda pregnant with the stomach and I've been gettin sharp pains that last on average 10 minuts
 Dr. K. Eisele - Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:26 pm

User avatar HappyBunny:

This sounds like a most unusual situation. If you doubt the physician's diagnosis, you should certainly go see another for a second opinion.

There are other possible explanations for your symptoms, but I think this situation is too complicated to hash out here in the forum.

My best to you.
 happybunny2308 - Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:24 am ... 8/blah.jpg
i mean is that supposed to be a normal side effect?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:37 pm

User avatar A pregnancy that is far enough along to begin to cause increasing abdominal size would be nearly impossible to miss with ultrasound. A competent ultrasonographer would easily pick it up. This coupled with a negative pregnancy test makes pregnancy very unlikely. A serum pregnancy test would be better than a urine pregnancy test that you buy at the store.

I would suggest that you talk with your primary doctor to get this evaluated. You may need a different imaging test such as a CT scan.

Keep us updated.
 Dr. K. Eisele - Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:06 pm

User avatar I agree with Dr. Lowe on this one.

Looking at the picture, I don't see how a fetus of that age could possibly be missed on ultrasound.

Do keep us informed.
 happybunny2308 - Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:15 pm

any suggestions on what it could be?
 Dr. Leigh Anderson - Sun Feb 11, 2007 9:20 pm

User avatar HappyBunny,

I am in agreeance with Dr. Eisele, and Dr. Lowe.

T even begin to try and evaluate your symptoms and your obviouse swelling, it will be necessary to answer the questions
Dr. Eisele as expressed
1) pregnancy test positive?
2) suspected multiple gestation (more than one fetus)?
3) how long since conception occurred?

Some other answers may be helpful as wee?

1. Any previouse pregnacies or live births
2. your age
3. Any contraceptive used within last 12 months
4. Any family history of ovarian problems or endometriosis
 happybunny2308 - Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:26 pm

I thought i had a miscarrage back in june by my obgyn said since there was no positive test they couldnt do anything
I was on the shot since september
and none of that in my family

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