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What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus?

What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus?

Lung vs Gut: Meconium aspiration occurs when the newborn actually poops just before or during delivery into its fluid, gets some in their mouth/throat and then inhale it down into their lungs with their first breaths. Ileus is when they have trouble even passing that first poop - can indicate guts aren't working right or other problems like cystic fibrosis. One poops too early, the other not soon enough! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ileus (Definition)

Ileus is a slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. The movement of food, digestive juices is slowed, leading to distension, sometimes back-up and vomiting. It is usually caused by trauma or injury, often by surgery itself. Usually responds to ...Read more


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How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

How are meconium and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis different?

Yes: Meconium is the normal fecal debris composing the accumulated intestinal contents at birth.It is heavily colored by bile, dark and sticky. Meconium ileus can occur when the meconium has abnormal glue like stickiness caused by CF and will not empty from the bowel.The blockage can require emergency surgery. ...Read more

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What can I do about meconium ileus (newborn failure to pass stool in the first 48 hours)?

What can I do about meconium ileus (newborn failure to pass stool in the first 48 hours)?

? You ?: First, true meconium ileus is a medical condition caused by thick meconium, associated with cystic fibrosis. It often requires surgery. Such a delay could be an imperforate anus, or a meconium plug, which can be relieved by a simple rectal exam. The cause for this delay should be investigated before a kid ever leaves the hospital. ...Read more

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What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

Meconium : Meconium is the poo you make in the womb but are not supposed to empty until after birth. It represents bile/swallowed hair & skin cells etc & is very sticky. If you poo before birth, usually due to stress, the stuff can circulate in the bag of waters. If that material gets into your lungs before, during or after labor it can cause lung disease. CF kids have poo that's too sticky & won't pass. ...Read more

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Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Any ideas why pancreatitis cause an ileus?

Adynamic ileus: is caused by different things, including inflammation. Pancreatitis, or inflammation of pancreas, causes irritation of peritoneal cavity, causing intestinal motility to slow down or stop, which is the cause of adynamic ileus. Typically, ileus caused by pancreatitis persists longer than the pancreatitis itself. ...Read more

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Focal ileus causes?

Focal ileus causes?

Almost anything: Any illness, particularly in the abdomen, can cause an ileus. Common examples--urinary infection, pneumonia, injury, broken bones, any localized area of inflammation in the abdomen, including appendicitis, diverticulitis, viral illness. ...Read more

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I had meconium aspiration when i was born. What causes this congenital condition?

I had meconium aspiration when i was born. What causes this congenital condition?

Meconium: Aspiration is caused from a baby pooping and inhaling the contaminated fluid at birth. It can be caused by stress during the delivery, infection, a tight umbilical cord around the neck, difficult labor, etc. ...Read more

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Does meconium aspiration syndrome cause psychological disorder?

maybe: Mecononium aspiration at birth can cause a condition called an 'anoxic brain injury'. This is when not enough oxygen feeds the brain. As a result one can suffer with learning disabilities, physical deficits, mental retardation, and other disorders. A psychological disorder can develop depending on multiple factors but not all ma babies will necessarily develop any of the above. ...Read more

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If a child had meconium aspiration (small amount) could it cause issues with weight gain she is 3 months and only weighs 8lbs 8.5 oz. Her weight ?

If a child had meconium aspiration (small amount) could it cause issues with weight gain she is 3 months and only weighs 8lbs 8.5 oz. Her weight ?

Depends: A kid with a minor meconium aspiration should not face poor weight gain unless the experience led to chronic breathing difficulties. If a kid is having to work harder to breathe, calorie expenditure for this function would take it away from growth.. If the issue was treated & resolved, any failure to thrive will come from another issue. ...Read more

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Adult, MR Enterography show Jejunum loop is dilated, mild Ileus possible,Had multiple transient intussusception in that area before what causes it ?

Adult, MR Enterography show Jejunum loop is dilated, mild  Ileus possible,Had multiple transient intussusception in that area before  what causes it ?

Surgical consult: I feel it's important for you to be evaluated by an abdominal surgeon for advice. It's likely that repeated intususceptions have somehow disturbed the motility of the duodenum. I don't think this is simply a localized Ileus. I'm concerned about the dilated loop which may become increasingly symptomatic or worsen. ...Read more