by rosemary (2360 Posts), Thu Jun 09, 2005 08:22 pm
My AFP results were high too. I had two level 2 sonograms after my AFP results. My son had a diagnosis of 'echogenic bowel' - from what I learned it was a marker for down's. I refused an amnio - and 4 days later at 20 weeks gestation, PE/HELLP hit with a vengence. To make a long story short, I was lifeflighted to a woman's hospital, my BP was uncontrollable, my liver and kidneys were shutting down, my brain was swelling - I was told that I was dying. I remember very little of that night. The following morning, I delivered and lost my son. Certainly if there is a tie with AFP results, it should be used as a marker - I had no clue what PE/HELLP was prior to my diagnosis. Education and information are truly what every pregnant woman needs. I sure wish I would have found this website prior to my terrible situation. I am glad that after it that I did find it...the information and support have been wonderful.
aka Elliott's Mom
Lost to Severe PE/HELLP @ 20 wks