Fluid in cerebellum???

  • I just went to the doctor today for a 28 week ultrasound. I had one done at 19 weeks and was told I had placenta previa. This new ultrasound was to check how everything was going. The previa has corrected itself, but now I am scheduled to see a specialist in 2 weeks because the doctor told me today that the cerebellum of the baby looked prominent and there seems to be some extra fluid on the cerebellum. I'm a little worried, especially since I have no idea what that means. I've looked online at several different sites and all seem to point to a possible tumor. I'm just curious if anyone else has come across this problem and could shed some light for me, the nervous first time mom! Please help!

  • I am sorry I cannot help too much, because I have never experienced this, but I wanted to let you know that I hope all goes well and baby is healthy.  Please keep us posted.

  • Sarbear, I too have not had to deal with this, but I would urge you to find out as much about what may be going on with your baby from your doctor. She should be able to answer all of your questions and give you a good idea of the best/worst case scenarios you're facing.

    Once you get a clear picture of what's going on, then you can start to make your decisions about what to do next. She's on your side and should be there to work with you every step of the way and make sure you understand what's going on with your body and with your baby. Don't be afraid to speak up and share your concerns with her -- it's good practice for dealing with your pediatrician the first year!

    I hope everything is well with your little one. Keep us posted!

  • I would call the OB back and ask more questions. They are used to it. People do not think to ask questions when they receive information like this b/c they are stressed. They often call back to ask questions once they have had time to think it over a bit. You might also ask for the medical term, so that you can look up more info on your own.

    Many times fluid on the brain is dealt with by placing a shunt that drains the fluid. Sometimes this is all that is required. I wish I could tell you more, but my neuro experience is with adults and my pediatric work is primarily not neuro related.

  • sarbear777, I'm sorry I cant answer your question but I did want you to know I feel for you and that all of us are here for you. I think calling the doctor back with your questions was a great idea. They really are used to that, and especially when circumstances move beyond those of a normal pregnancy. Speaking about what the possible meanings of fluid in the cerebellum, and how they plan to treat those possibilities, can go a long way toward easing worries. I know I'm a few days behind the others... did you already call? What did the doctor say?

  • I just wanted to give everyone an update again. I have not called the doctor yet, since I am scheduled to see the specialist next Monday. My husband fortunately works at a hospital and has asked several people there about this. From what we gather, it very well may be nothing. A couple nurses he has talked to said they were told the same thing about their pregnancy and their children ended up being fine. Alot of them said that it was based on the way the baby was positioned while they did the ultrasound that messes things up. Since my child just had to be stubborn that day (would not move to get a good 4D picture!) the head was not seen fully, so that may be the reason for the cautionary flag. Once I go next Monday I will definitely post the findings and what they say about this prominent cerebellum/fluid in cerebellum problem. Thanks for all of your replies and concerns! I appreciate it! Keep me in your thoughts! Wink