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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)

A slowing, or non-functioning condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Usually caused by trauma or injury, ...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

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Could meconium aspiration syndrome cause asthma?

Meconium ; asthma: Meconium aspiration depending on severity can cause "chronic lung disease" (cld). Cld is a term used for a variety of lung diseases producing similar symptoms ; end results. Relationship of meconium aspiration to asthma is not well studied. Since asthma ; cld have similar symptoms to present with some children may be wrongly diagnosed with asthma. ...Read more

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Is it possible for meconium aspiration syndrome to cause asthma?

Yes related symptoms: Meconium aspiration may lead to pneumonia and injury to the lung. This can cause reactivity of the airway and asthma symptoms. As the baby grows, the lung matures and the injury can be minimized. ...Read more

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How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

How does meconium stain amniotic fluid causes amniotic fluid embolism?

It does not!: Meconium passage in utero is common and generally without consequence provided there is no fetal distress. Amniotic fluid embolism is a very rare but almost always lethal maternal complication of late pregnancy. The two conditions are unrelated. ...Read more

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Can terminal meconium give a baby a blackeye and a swollen. head that causes neonatal hyperbilirubinemia?

Can terminal meconium give a baby a blackeye and a swollen. head that causes neonatal hyperbilirubinemia?

No: Terminal meconium is just evidence baby went through a period of stress in labor.Whatever caused the stress might account for some of what you describe. The worst outcome from terminal meconium happens if they inhale the poo into their lungs and get pneumonia. ...Read more

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I had meconium aspiration when I was born. Can that cause lung problems?

I had meconium aspiration when I was born. Can that cause lung problems?

Probably not: Once you are grown, it should not have any lasting effects. As an infant, they will sometimes have problems with lung disease, but if it has not happened by now, it is unlikely to happen in the future. ...Read more

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My son has been diagnosed with an ileus(no surgery). How can I find out cause and ways to prevent. He was told by his gastro to eat more fiber...

My son has been diagnosed with an ileus(no surgery). How can I find out cause and ways to prevent. He was told by his gastro to eat more fiber...

Multiple causes: Your son has a ileus. He has most likely had a recent illness. He may have a respiratory virus etc. This can cause ileus. Electrolytes like potassium being abnormal can also cause ileus. It does not mean blockage. Time and support usually work. Narcotic medication can also cause ileus. A diet high in fiber may help minimize ileus but treating underlying cause is still important. ...Read more

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Did smoking during pregnancy cause my baby to have meconium aspiration syndrome?

Did smoking during pregnancy cause my baby to have meconium aspiration syndrome?

Perhaps.: Smoking reduces your blood's capacity to carry oxygen to the placenta and fetus, therefore predisposing the baby to mas . I agree that mas is likely due to acute events, but chronic placental failure does not help.. ...Read more

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Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Could low sodium levels lead to muscle issues including difficulty in walking or could it cause tge muscles in the bowel to slow like paralytic ileus?

Maybe: Low sodium is not commonly seen unless it is due to some blood pressure medications. Athletes who may drink too much water during an event can also get low sodium. Very low sodium can cause weakness and confusion. Intestinal ileus and some muscle cramping is more commonly due to low potassium. ...Read more

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Can Ileus cause stomach growling and slight lower back pain? How long does the symptoms last?

Can Ileus cause stomach growling and slight lower back pain? How long does the symptoms last?

Ileus: implies decreased or absent bowel activity, characterized by a lack of bowel sounds. It could cause pain via constipation, bloating, or lead to obstruction. The duration depends on the cause, which includes surgery, certain medications, illnesses, and neurologic disorders. ...Read more