Meconium aspiration

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[edit] Discussion of Meconium aspiration

  • Occurs secondary to intrapartum or intrauterine aspiration of meconium.
  • Most often in term of post-term infants.
  • Usually secondary to stress (i.e. hypoxia).
  • Aspirated meconium can cause small airways obstruction and a chemical pneumonitis.


[edit] Imaging Findings for Meconium aspiration

[edit] Plain film

  • High lung volumes (secondary to small airway obstruction).
  • Asymmetric, patchy pulmonary opacities.
  • Pleural effusions can be seen
  • Pneumothorax in 20 - 40% of cases (secondary to small airway obstruction).

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