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Doctor insights on: Is The Lung Damage From Meconium Aspiration Permanent

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Is the lung damage from meconium aspiration permanent?

Is the lung damage from meconium aspiration permanent?

No: Meconium aspiration, per se, is uncommon, and many cases of so-called meconium aspiration are simply other forms of respiratory distress noted in newborns who also passed meconium prior to delivery. True meconium aspiration does cause acute lung injury but most, if not all, cases heal completely within days to weeks. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...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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How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop lung problems later in life?

How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop lung problems later in life?

MAS & chr. lung dis.: Mecomnium aspiration if mild should leave no chronic problems. If severe it could reuslt in soem residual airway problems. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will end up developing lung problems etc. In later life?

How likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will end up developing lung problems etc. In later life?

Not necessarily: If there was not significant injury as a result of the aspiration, your child should do fine. Consider seeking the counsel of a chinese medicine practitioner in your area. I have had good results in my area. Chinese medicine herbs can help the body repair itself and then there is no concern that there will be issues later. The herbs are safe...Find a good practitioner. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop lung problems etc. In later life?

Can you tell me how likely is it that a baby with meconium aspiration will develop lung problems etc. In later life?

Growth helps: Mec aspiration may cause inflammation early injury to the lungs. Since the lungs continue to develop and grow though, the new uninjured tissue may help to minimize the long term impact of the injury. It depends how severe the early problem was and if the baby required mechanical ventilation, has a history of prematurity or pulmonary arterial htn. Prmg peds can rev records faxxed to 858259 9689. ...Read more

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My newborn son had meconium aspiration pneumonia and chest x-rays twice daily for 1 week. Does the radiation increase his risk for cancer?

My newborn son had meconium aspiration pneumonia and chest x-rays twice daily for 1 week. Does the radiation increase his risk for cancer?

No: There was a media flap some years about after a laughably bad journal study claimed that thousands of people were dying each year from routine chest x-rays. The fallacy was assuming a linear risk where the curve is really sigmoidal or exponential. Junior is gravely sick, needs the x-rays in any case, and my hope is that he will pull through. I'm glad to offer some relief. Good luck and be strong. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of meconium aspiration?

What are the long term effects of meconium aspiration?

Usually nothing: Meconium aspiration syndrome can lead to a very ill (or not) baby at birth but provided the baby receives appropriate care, there are no usual long term side effects. ...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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Should i be concerned if my son was born with meconium aspiration.. Has anyone experienced this?

Should i be concerned if my son was born with meconium aspiration.. Has anyone experienced this?

Depends on situation: This conditions varies from minor and inconsequential to life threatening. The condition the first day or two usually defines the degree of associated problem. Those that end up in respiratory failure on ventilators or ecmo do the worst.Those with transient breathing problems do well.I sit across from one now who is making straight a's in grad school. ...Read more

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Is meconium aspiration syndrome ever fatal?

Is meconium aspiration syndrome ever fatal?

Yes: Unfortunately, meconium aspiration syndrome can result in very severe lung disease which can lead to death even if optimally treated. ...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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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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What are common symptoms of meconium aspiration?

What are common symptoms of meconium aspiration?

Respiratory symptoms: Nasal flaring, grunting retractions and increasing need for oxygen or artificial ventilation. ...Read more

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How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

Respiratory distress: Meconium is the production the baby expels from the colon and rectum that built up while in utero . When meconium is expelled in utero and the baby's first breath results in inhaling into the lungs, the baby cannot absorb oxygen well. Sometimes we can suction it from nose, mouth and trachea and the baby will be fine. Sometimes, it is so severe, the baby needs mechanical ventilation or ecmo. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible that a two month old baby die from meconium aspiration?

No: Death form massive meconium aspiration occurs in the first days after birth. If the aspiration was severe enough to kill the child, the baby would have been hospitalized since birth on all types of breathing machines and been extremely sick since day 1. It would not occur in a 2 month old that did not fit this scenario and was home form the hospital and suddenly died or developed pneumonia. ...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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Are there any natural treatments that are effective for meconium aspiration syndrome?

Are there any natural treatments that are effective for meconium aspiration syndrome?

Mec aspiration & Tx: There ar no natural treatments for this. The treatments are early suctioning, oxygen therapy and epending on complications, and severity baby may need antibiotics, ventilator support, etc. ...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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Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


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Meconium Aspiration (Definition)

Meconium aspiration is when the fetus has a bowel movement before birth and swallows some of the bowel movement before birth. This may result in the condition of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome at birth, associated with Respiratory Distress requiring Ventilation ...Read more