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Should I be worried about intestinal tears if my kid has a meconium plug?

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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

Most babies pass the meconium plug without intestinal tears.
However, having a meconium plug is associated with other problems such as hirschsprung's disease (abnormal colon) and cystic fibrosis. Make sure your doctor knows about his meconium plug and any other symptoms he may have to make sure he doesn't have these diseases or other complications.

In brief: No

Most babies pass the meconium plug without intestinal tears.
However, having a meconium plug is associated with other problems such as hirschsprung's disease (abnormal colon) and cystic fibrosis. Make sure your doctor knows about his meconium plug and any other symptoms he may have to make sure he doesn't have these diseases or other complications.
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Dr. Frazier Frantz
Surgery - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Meconium plug syndrome is caused by retention of thick meconium after birth.
It presents with abdominal distension & absent stooling. It is usually diagnosed & treated with a contrast enema. In most cases, once this plug has passed, normal stool evacuation ensues. In cases where is doesn't, consideration is given to possible hirshsprung's disease or cystic fibrosis.

In brief: No

Meconium plug syndrome is caused by retention of thick meconium after birth.
It presents with abdominal distension & absent stooling. It is usually diagnosed & treated with a contrast enema. In most cases, once this plug has passed, normal stool evacuation ensues. In cases where is doesn't, consideration is given to possible hirshsprung's disease or cystic fibrosis.
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not necessarily

Children with meconium plugs are treated with water soluble contrast enema as an infant to relieve GI obstruction and to make the diagnosis.
Recta biopsy may be indicated if there are ongoing stooling issues to rule out hirschsprung's disease.

In brief: Not necessarily

Children with meconium plugs are treated with water soluble contrast enema as an infant to relieve GI obstruction and to make the diagnosis.
Recta biopsy may be indicated if there are ongoing stooling issues to rule out hirschsprung's disease.
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