Meconium

Hypoxia in utero in the term infant (>37 weeks), leads to gut vessel vasoconstriction, increased peristalsis, and a relaxation of the sphincters. This can result in passage of meconium in utero. In addition, fetal hypoxia as described above, if severe enough, may lead to gasping and aspiration of amniotic fluid with meconium before birth.

Once the baby is delivered, meconium causes problems related to complete or partial airway obstruction. With the asphyxial insult this combines to produce a multi-organ problem, which is fortunately relatively uncommon in the UK.

Slight coloration of liquor with meconium is not significant.

Figure 7.1. Effects of asphyxia (reproduced with permission from the Northern Neonatal Network)

Figure 7.1. Effects of asphyxia (reproduced with permission from the Northern Neonatal Network)

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