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Swallowed AF, cells: As a fetus grows, its organs and systems mature in preparation for functioning after birth. One such system is the gastrointestinal GI system. A fetus swallows amniotic fluid and its contents through pregnancy, and the "end" product literally is meconium, a dark green slimey substance. If baby's near term, it might pass a little and be ok. If early or stressed, it could breath it in and need help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: If your case is being followed by child services, it is routine for urine and meconium to be screened for evidence of drug use under directives of the state. Meconium is made over weeks and months and will be positive for many weeks after use. It is best that you make plans accordingly and be honest when questions are asked. It will go better for you if you do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
?: Please rephrase your question, it is not clear what you are asking. ...Read more
Peculiar wording???: Meconium starts forming after the gut is complete.This is around 12 weeks. It accumulates slowly, and represents gut enzymes,liver discharge, swallowed hair and skin. It will usually not empty until after the baby is born. ...Read more
Varies: Depends on the hospital and lab. If they have to send it out, may take longer. Should be less than a week ...Read more
Depends: I'll assume u mean inhaled meconium that caused respiratory pbs. The effect is variable.Even small amts in the lung can cause a chemical pneumonia that interferes with breathing. After the pneumonia improves under rx, there can be tissue scarring from the stress, the meconium is eventually broken down & removed by the healing process.The lung injury will gradually improve, some probs may remain. ...Read more
Months: Suspicion leads to meconium testing in a newborn as a more accurate reflection of past drug exposure than urine, that may only reflect a week or so.The material is built up over many months and the sensitivity of the test can pick up minute quantities deposited in the meconium as it forms.This reflects exposures from the preceding month if not longer. ...Read more
As often as needed: Meconium drug testing is often done to validate a positive drug screen in the mother or newborn as the method is not confused by some innocent otc preparations. It can also demonstrate drug use over the months prior to birth where a urine test may miss those not used within days of birth. ...Read more
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