Meconium "aspiration" (or respiratory distress associated with meconium-stained amniotic fluid?)

Nestor E Vain, Daniel G Batton
Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine 2017, 22 (4): 214-219
The designation meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) reflects a spectrum of disorders in infants born with meconium-stained amniotic fluid, ranging from mild tachypnea to severe respiratory distress and significant mortality. The frequency of MAS is highest among infants with post-term gestation, thick meconium, and birth asphyxia. Pulmonary hypertension is an important component in severe cases. Prenatal hypopharyngeal suctioning and postnatal endotracheal intubation and suctioning of vigorous infants are not effective. Intubation and suctioning of non-breathing infants is controversial and needs more investigation. Oxygen, mechanical ventilation, and inhaled nitric oxide are the mainstays of treatment. Surfactant is often used in infants with severe parenchymal involvement. High-frequency ventilation and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation are usually considered rescue therapies.

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