Now, truthfully, doctors in Ireland weren't any worse than doctors in England or the U.S. or Australia or any of the other countries from which I hear from women quite frequently. But, misdiagnosed miscarriages did make the news and, in a country that seriously frowns on abortions, this was big news.
Here is an example of one news story:
Babies may have died after miscarriage misdiagnoses
I, along with many other women, have eagerly waited to see what changes the medical community would make in response to this scandal. I decided to see what changes have been made and found these newer guidelines from December 2012:
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists CG154 Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: full guideline(downloadable as a pdf).
I can think of so many posts I could make on these guidelines. For today, I'd like to concentrate on one flow chart in particular and focus on empty-looking gestational sacs.
(click on image to view larger)
Two things stand out here.
First, unless the gestational sac is measuring 25mm or more, doctors should wait seven more days for a follow-up ultrasound.
Second, if the gestational sac is indeed measuring 25mm or greater, one of two options is recommended.
A) Perform a scan seven or more days later before verifying
B) Seek a second opinion.
These guidelines are from 2012 but we on the Misdiagnosed Miscarriage site have been suggesting these options to women for a number of years.
I truly believe that if all doctors followed these guidelines, most viable pregnancies would never be misdiagnosed. We still have misdiagnosed miscarriages due to bleeding and suspected ectopic pregnancies but the vast majority are due to empty sacs.
So, what can you do if your doctor is giving you no hope due to an empty-looking sac?
First, print out this chart. Go to the link and get the full-sized chart. Take it to your doctor. Your doctor may not know about the misdiagnosed miscarriage scandal in Ireland. Standards are changing. Don't wait for your country to have its own scandal. Take charge of your pregnancy and discuss these guidelines with your physician. These standards will absolutely save many viable pregnancies.
As always, if you are going through a miscarriage scare, (((HUGS)))