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Dr .Ashraf Fouda
Damietta General Hospital
E. mail : firstname.lastname@example.org INTRODUCTION
The detection of meconium stained amniotic fluid during labour often causes anxiety in the delivery room because of its association with increased perinatal mortality and morbidity. INTRODUCTION 1.
3. Meconium is composed of :
Small dried amniotic fluid debris, Bile pigment and The residue from intestinal secretions. It is a sterile compound made up primarily of water (75 %), with mucous glycoproteins, lipids and proteases. INTRODUCTION
Although meconium is sterile, its passage into amniotic fluid is important because of the risk of meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) and its sequelae. INTRODUCTION
Infants delivered through meconiumstained amniotic fluid are more likely to be depressed at birth and to require resuscitation and neonatal intensive care. INCIDENCE
Meconiumstained liquor is rare in premature infants (<5 % of preterm pregnancies); if it does occur, there is an association with infection and chorioamnionitis. INCIDENCE
Passage of meconium is increasingly common in infants >37 weeks' gestation and occurs in up to 50 % of postmature infants ( >42 weeks).
The incidence of MAS varies between 1 and 5 % of all deliveries where there has been meconium
stained liquor. INCIDENCE
There are a number of factors associated with an increased risk of developing MAS; these include a : 1. Lack of antenatal care, 2. Black race, 3. Male fetus, 4. Abnormal fetal heart rate monitoring, 5. Thick meconium, 6. Oligohydramnios, 7. Operative delivery, 8. Poor Apgar scores, 9. No oropharyngeal suctioning and 10.The presence of meconium in the trachea. AETIOIOGY
Many theories have been proposed to explain
the passage of meconium in utero; however,
the precise mechanisms remain unclear.
The fetal bowel has little peristaltic action and
the anal sphincter is contracted.
It is thought that hypoxia and academia cause
the anal sphincter to relax, whilst at the same
time increasing the production of motilin,
which promotes peristalsis. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Meconium aspiration syndrome is a disease of term and postterm infants and its severity is linked to coexisting fetal asphyxia. Aspiration of meconium into the distal airways can occur either antenatally or postnatally, but in the majority of affected infants the exact PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Aspiration is known to occur
Aspiration prior to delivery, as meconium
has been found in the lungs of
stillbirths and in infants delivered
pre-labour by caesarean section
without evidence of fetal distress. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Postnatal inhalation can occur late in the secondstage or immediately after delivery if the infant gasps or makes breathing movements while the oropharynx, nasopharynx or trachea contains meconiumstained liquor. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Meconium has a number of adverse effects on the neonatal lung, which may ultimately lead to the respiratory failure (and hypoxaemia) which characterizes MAS. PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Meconium: Causes mechanical blockage of the airway, 2. Acts as a chemical irritant causing pneumonitis, alveolar collapse and cell necrosis
3. Although initially sterile, predisposes to secondary bacterial infection
1. PREVENTION OF MECONIUM PREVENTION OF MECONIUM ASPIRATION SYNDROME
Because of potential morbidity and mortality from MAS, prevention would clearly be beneficial. This has led to a number of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal preventative therapies, with a varying degree of success. Antenatal therapies Amnioinfusion
2. Delivery by caesarean section
3. Maternal sedation
1. Amnioinfusion 1.
4. The idea behind amnioinfusion is that by increasing the liquor volume, meconium will be diluted. In addition, in cases of oligohydramnios, the increased volume will prevent :
cord compression, subsequent hypoxia, fetal gasping and passage of meconium. Amnioinfusion
A metaanalysis of amnioinfusion trials showed that this therapy has a role in the prevention of MAS. However, the use of amnioinfusion requires further evaluation, as the therapy is associated with a number of complications, including a higher incidence of instrumental delivery and endometritis. Delivery by caesarean section
Delivery by caesarean section
Although most studies suggest that infants with MAS are more likely to be delivered by caesarean section than by vaginal delivery, this is largely due to the suspicion or confirmation of fetal distress. Delivery by caesarean section 1.
2. There is currently no evidence to suggest that MAS would be prevented by elective delivery by caesarean section of infants with meconiumstained liquor; Perhaps this is not surprising, as neither The conditions for nor The timing of aspiration can be predicted. Maternal sedation
Maternal sedation It has been suggested that the administration of narcotics to laboring women will prevent fetal gasping in utero by suppressing fetal breathing. Although there has been success in the prevention of MAS in animal models, there are no data to support this therapy in humans. Moreover, the likely maternal and neonatal complications would preclude its use . Intrapartum/postpartum Intrapartum/postpartum management Oropharyngeal suctioning
2. Physical manoeuvres
1. Oropharyngeal suctioning
Suction of the oropharynx and nasopharynx before delivery of the shoulders and trunk is a wellestablished practice that has been used since the 1970s. Oropharyngeal suctioning
It seems reasonable that suctioning in this way would minimize the amount of meconium in the upper airway and thus reduce the amount aspirated during the onset of respiration. Oropharyngeal suctioning
The evidence relating to routine suctioning of the oropharynx as a preventative measure is conflicting.
What is clear, is that meticulous cleaning of the upper airway after delivery is beneficial in reducing MAS
EVIDENCE l a Physical manoeuvres
It has been suggested that MAS may be prevented if the infant is prevented from breathing after delivery. Physical manoeuvres Methods advocated include: 1. Thoracic compression, in which the thoracic cage of the infant is compressed by a healthcare professional in order to prevent respiration and subsequent aspiration of the contents of the upper airway, and 2. Cricoid pressure, in which external pressure is applied to the cricoid, thus preventing aspiration. Physical manoeuvres
It is suggested that if used, these interventions be continued until a second resuscitator undertakes oral and/or endotracheal suctioning. There is no evidence supporting the use of either of these methods in preventing MAS. Physical manoeuvres
In fact, both Thoracic compression and Cricoid pressure are potentially dangerous and cannot be recommended
EVIDENCE IV Postnatal intervention
Intratracheal suctioning Intratracheal suctioning
Until relatively recently, all infants with meconiumstained amniotic fluid underwent endotracheal intubation and suction, as this was known to reduce the incidence of MAS. Intratracheal suctioning
More recently, evidence has suggested a change in practice depending on whether or not an infant is deemed vigorous. Intratracheal suctioning
A recent metaanalysis suggests that routine intubation of vigorous term infants in order to aspirate the lungs should be abandoned
EVIDENCE l a Intratracheal suctioning
Suctioning of the oropharynx may be beneficial, but endotracheal suctioning should be reserved for: Depressed or Nonvigorous infants or Those who deteriorate following initial assessment. 1.
3. Aspiration of gastric contents Aspiration of gastric contents to remove
Aspiration swallowed meconium is still done in many
centers. The passage of an orogastric tube is likely
to cause apnoea and/or bradycardia and is
This practice should be abandoned EVIDENCE IV Saline lavage Saline lavage is used in order to loosen meconium. Saline lavage is potentially harmful, as saline will displace endogenous surfactant, which could in turn worsen the respiratory illness. In cases where saline lavage has been used, infants developed respiratory distress secondary to 'wet lung'. DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN WITH MECONIUMSTAINED LIQUOR It is important that a person experienced in neonatal resuscitation attends the delivery of all infants in whom thick meconium
stained liquor is noted, particularly if accompanied by suspected fetal compromise. DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN WITH MECONIUMSTAINED LIQUOR 1.
3. The Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics incorporates guidelines for the management of these infants If an infant is vigorous after delivery:
No tracheal suctioning should be undertaken,
Secretions should be cleared from the mouth and nose using a widebore suction catheter, Routine care should be given. DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN WITH MECONIUMSTAINED LIQUOR 1.
2. However, if an infant is not vigorous
afterbirth (defined as :
decreased muscle tone and/or
heart rate < 100 beats per minute):
Direct endotracheal suctioning should be
undertaken as soon as possible,
Suction should be applied for no more than
5 seconds and the tube withdrawn.
seconds DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN WITH MECONIUMSTAINED LIQUOR If meconium is aspirated from below the cords, the infant should be reintubated and the process repeated, Unless the infant has a profound bradycardia, in which case:
1. Resuscitation should proceed with intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) without suctioning,
2. Further suctioning can be attempted at a later stage. DELIVERY ROOM MANAGEMENT OF INFANTS BORN WITH MECONIUMSTAINED LIQUOR 1.
2. If after the first suctioning no meconium is aspirated : No further suctioning should be attempted and The infant should be resuscitated using IPPV via an endotracheal tube. IS MENONIUM PRESENT
YES NO SUCTION MOUTH,NOSE AND POSTERIOR PHARYNX AFTER DELIVERY OF HEAD BUT BEFORE DELIVERY OF SHOULDERS
?IS THE BABY VIGOROUS
CONTINUE WITH RESUSCITATION CLEAR MOUTH AND NOSE FROM SECRETIONS DRY,STIMULATE AND REPOSITION GIVE OXYGEN AS NECESSARY NO
SUCTION MOUTH AND TRACHEA KEY POINTS
Meconiumstained liquor is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in babies. MAS is linked to perinatal asphyxia. Good neonatal resuscitation skills reduce the incidence of MAS KEY POINTS In the prevention of MAS , there is no evidence supporting the use of:
1. Saline lavage, 2. Gastric aspiration or 3. Thoracic compression KEY POINTS
The evidence relating to routine suctioning of the oropharynx as a preventative measure is conflicting.
Intratracheal suctioning should be reserved for the non
vigorous baby. ...
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- Fall '11