Isolated hyperechogenic foci in the fetal thalamus in early pregnancy

M. Bronshtein, E. Z. Zimmer, R. Auslander, S. Blazer

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Objective: To describe the sonographic features and outcome of fetuses with isolated hyperechogenic foci in the thalamic region. Methods: A detailed sonographic survey was performed in 46 244 consecutive pregnancies. Both low- and high-risk pregnancies were included. Transvaginal examinations were performed at 14-16 weeks' gestation, while transabdominal examinations were performed after 18 weeks' gestation. Results: Isolated hyperechogenic foci in the thalamic region were observed in seven fetuses. All cases were diagnosed at 14-16 weeks' gestation. Six fetuses had one hyperechogenic focus, and one fetus had two foci. The size of these foci ranged from 2-4 mm. A serologic work-up was negative in all these fetuses and their karyotype was normal. The hyperechogenic foci disappeared in mid-pregnancy in all cases, and fetuses were normal at delivery and on follow up to the age of 9 years. Conclusions: Isolated hyperechogenic foci in the thalamic region in early pregnancy are probably benign in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-334
Number of pages2
JournalUltrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Early pregnancy
  • Fetus
  • Hyperechogenic foci
  • Thalamus
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Reproductive Medicine


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