Brain Injuries from Oxygen Deprivation/Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Meconium is stool a baby may pass during birth. Meconium can be a sign that the fetus is in distress. It may be visible in the amniotic fluid prior to delivery, as a greenish/brownish substance. If the baby aspirates the meconium, serious consequences can occur.

Meconium aspiration, also referred to as meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), is a common cause of severe illness in newborns. Once meconium has been aspirated into the lungs, it can cause a chemical pneumonia. These babies are at high risk of becoming very sick very quickly. An infant with severe meconium aspiration who requires mechanical ventilation may have a more guarded outcome. Lack of oxygen in the uterus or from complications of meconium aspiration may lead to severe and permanent brain damage including Cerebral Palsy.

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