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What is the difference between meconium aspiration and meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: See below

Meconium is normal intestinal fluid in an unborn child.
If the meconium becomes too thick to pass through the intestines it can cause a blockage. Meconium ileus is partial intestinal blockage from meconium. Meconium aspiration is a result of vomiting of meconium and then the fluid may get into the lungs causing breathing problems or pneumonia.

In brief: See below

Meconium is normal intestinal fluid in an unborn child.
If the meconium becomes too thick to pass through the intestines it can cause a blockage. Meconium ileus is partial intestinal blockage from meconium. Meconium aspiration is a result of vomiting of meconium and then the fluid may get into the lungs causing breathing problems or pneumonia.
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