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Clin Perinatol. 2007 Dec;34(4):653-65, viii.

Meconium stained fluid: approach to the mother and the baby.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA.


Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) is a common problem that most pediatricians will encounter in the delivery room and normal newborn nursery. Approximately 13% of all live births are complicated by meconium stained amniotic fluid (MSAF). MAS is defined as respiratory distress in an infant born through MSAF whose symptoms cannot be otherwise explained. Optimal care for an infant born through MSAF involves cooperation between the obstetrician and pediatrician, each with separate but imperative roles.

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