Meconium aspiration

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Presentation

Term baby. Meconium at delivery. Respiratory distress.

Patient Data

Age: 1 day (term)
Gender: Female
X-ray

NG tube in appropriate position.

Widespread linear opacities extend from both hila. No confluent consolidation. Small right sided effusion. Appearances are of meconium aspiration given the history.

Case Discussion

Respiratory distress in the context of fetal distress or with a history meconium in the liquor should point to meconium aspiration as the prime diagnosis. 

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Case information

rID: 62746
Published: 29th Aug 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Paediatrics
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: NHS Lothian

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