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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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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

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