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Meconium Ileus Cystic Fibrosis
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
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder involving lungs & digestive tract, causing recurrent lung infections due to thick inspissated mucus & poor growth in majority of patients due to malabsorption. Treatment involves inhaled respiratory therapies to prevent lung disease & pancreatic enzymes to enable absorption of nutrients. Average life expectancy is near 40 years, ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Meconium plug syndrome, as opposed to meconium ileus, is not necessarily associated with cf. It can occur with hirschsprung's disease. It is usually self-limited, however, and clears with a contrast enema undertaken to establish the diagnosis. If the baby stools normally after initial evacuation, additional work-up is usually not necessary. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My baby was born 4 weeks early and had a meconium plug that didn't pass till hour 57. Cystic fibrosis has been ruled out. What are the chances it's hirschsprungs? Or could it just be chance?
Likely it's chance: CF is one of the causes of meconium plug, but mostly it's a random happenstance. Ruling out CF is important. As long as your child is starting to have normal stools now, and they are fairly regular, it's very unlikely it's hirschsprungs. Generally anal stenosis, hirschsprungs, or other forms of obstruction would cause chronic constipation. If your child is stooling normally, i'd go with it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
? 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
My son has hirschsprung disease. My wife tested neg. for cystic fibrosis. Are the two related? Should I be tested for CF? I'm 32 w/no issues.
No, not related: Hirschsprung's disease is a congenital condition that leads to absence or lower numbers of nerve cells in the large intestine that are responsible for allowing the colon muscles to function, leading to constipation or inability to pass stool. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited recessive disorder of salt transport leading to thickened secretions. If your wife is negative, no need for you to be tested ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are some symptoms of cystic fibrosis. 4month old w/ recurrent URI & GERD & mid retractions for over 4 weeks? Dr not too concered.
CF screening: Presenting symptoms in CF can be varied and can be missed early in life. Some of the symptoms include poor growth, oily stools, constipation, meconium ileus, coughing, wheezing, recurrent lung infections, if you would like me to review the records, they can be faxed to prmg, 858 259 9689 at no charge to you. You may want to discuss CF screening with your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The primary symptoms are pulmonary and digestive. Chronic lung disease and recurrent lung infections start early in life. Intestinal malapsortion because of digestive enzyme deficiency also occurs early. Other symptoms include meconium illius in the perinatal period, growth failure in childhood and a variety of symptoms in the second and third decades of life including diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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