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Journal Article (Other)
January 2012

Troubled waters? The significance of meconium in the amniotic fluid

Davies, S E 2012, ' Troubled waters? The significance of meconium in the amniotic fluid ', AIMS Journal , 23(4), pp.5-7.

Abstract

Sarah Davies looks at issues relating to the presence of meconium in the amniotic fluid and discusses how recent evidence does not support the perception that meconium-stained liquor equals fetal distress. She discusses some of the normal, physiological causes of meconium release during pregnancy and labour and the relevance of the degree of thickness of meconium. Sarah goes on to discuss meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), which can only occur in the presence of meconium and highlights one study which has suggested that severe MAS may not be causally related to the presence of meconium. She concludes by offering an interpretation of the NICE guidance in this area and making suggestions for practice in the presence of meconium.

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Publication Details

Journal Name
AIMS Journal

Volume
23(4)

Pagination
5-7.