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The rate of MAS declines in populations where labour is induced in women that have pregnancies exceeding 41 weeks. Respiratory distress in an infant born through the darkly coloured MSAF as well as meconium obstructing the airways is usually sufficient enough to diagnose MAS.
Additionally, newborns with MAS can have other types of respiratory distress such as tachypnea and hypercapnia. Sometimes it is hard to diagnose MAS as it can be confused with other diseases that also cause respiratory distress, such as pneumonia.
Additionally, X-rays and lung ultrasounds can be quick, easy and cheap imaging techniques to diagnose lung diseases like MAS.
Then, because of intrauterine gasping or from the first few breaths after delivery, MAS may develop. Furthermore, aspiration of thick meconium leads to obstruction of airways resulting in a more severe hypoxia. The early control mechanisms of the anal sphincter are not well understood, however there is evidence that the foetus does defecate routinely into the amniotic cavity even in the absence of distress.
The presence of fetal intestinal enzymes have been found in the amniotic fluid of women who are as early as 14—22 weeks pregnant. Thus, suggesting there is free passage of the intestinal contents into the amniotic fluid. Similarly, intestinal parasympathetic innervation and myelination also increases in later gestations.
Therefore, the increased incidence of MAS in post-term pregnancies may reflect the maturation and development of the peristalsis within the gastrointestinal tract in the newborn.
Long-term consequences may arise from these disorders, for example, infants that develop MAS have higher rates of developing neurodevelopmental defects due to poor respiration. After 60 minutes of exposure, the meconium travels further down into the smaller airways.
Once within the terminal bronchioles and alveoli, the meconium triggers inflammation, pulmonary oedemavasoconstrictionbronchoconstrictioncollapse of airways and inactivation of surfactant  . Partial obstruction will lead to air trapping and hyperinflation of certain lung areas and pneumothorax may follow.
Chronic hypoxia will lead to an increase in pulmonary vascular smooth muscle tone and persistent pulmonary hypertension causing respiratory and circulatory failure. A microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity MIAC is more common in patients with MSAF and this could ultimately lead to an intra-amniotic inflammatory response.
MIAC is associated with high concentrations of cytokines such as IL-6chemokines such as IL-8 and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1complementphospholipase A2 and matrix-degrading enzymes. Therefore, these aforementioned mediators within the amniotic fluid during MIAC and intra-amniotic infection could, when aspirated in utero, induce lung inflammation within the foetus.
As meconium is stored inside the intestinesand is partly unexposed to the immune systemwhen it becomes aspirated the innate immune system recognises as a foreign and dangerous substance.
The immune system, which is present at birth, responds within minutes with a low specificity and no memory in order to try to eliminate microbes. Meconium perhaps leads to chemical pneumonitis as it is a potent activator of inflammatory mediators which include cytokinescomplementprostaglandins and reactive oxygen species.
For example, proteolytic enzymes are released from neutrophilic granules and these may damage the lung membrane and surfactant proteins.
Additionally, activated leukocytes and cytokines generate reactive nitrogen and oxygen species which have cytotoxic effects.
Oxidative stress results in vasoconstrictionbronchoconstrictionplatelet aggregation and accelerated cellular apoptosis. Injury to the alveolocapillary membrane results in leakage of liquid, plasma proteins, and cells into the interstitium and alveolar spaces .
Surfactant Inactivation[ edit ] Surfactant is synthesised by type II alveolar cells and is made of a complex of phospholipidsproteins and saccharides. It functions to lower surface tension to allow for lung expansion during inspirationstabilise alveoli at the end of expiration to prevent alveolar collapse and prevents lung oedema.
Surfactant also contributes to lung protection and defence as it is also an anti-inflammatory agent. Surfactant enhances the removal of inhaled particles and senescent cells away from the alveolar structure.
If the surfactant concentration is low, even very highly diluted meconium can inhibit surfactant function whereas, in high surfactant concentrations, the effects of meconium are limited. Meconium may impact surfactant mechanisms by preventing surfactant from spreading over the alveolar surface, decreasing the concentration of surfactant proteins SP-A and SP-Band by changing the viscosity and structure of surfactant.
These indicate a direct detrimental effect on lung alveolar cells because of the introduction of meconium into the lungs. Meconium induces apoptosis and DNA cleavage of lung airway epithelial cells, this is detected by the presence of fragmented DNA within the airways and in alveolar epithelial nuclei.
Meconium induces an inflammatory reaction within the lungs as there is an increase of autophagocytic cells and levels of caspase 3 after exposure. Observations include monitoring heart raterespiratory rateoxygen saturation and blood glucose to detect worsening respiratory acidosis or the development of hypoglycemia.Mechanical Ventilation for Dummies Keep It Simple Stupid • Indications – Airway – Ventilation failure (CO2) – Hypoxia – Combination Ventilator Management Control Mechanical Ventilation • Time – Set respiratory rate • Volume – Set Vt • .
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Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) also known as neonatal aspiration of meconium is a medical condition affecting newborn infants. It describes the spectrum of disorders and pathophysiology of newborns born in meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) and have meconium within their lungs.
Therefore, MAS has a wide range of severity depending on what conditions and complications . Mechanical ventilation or assisted ventilation is the medical term for artificial ventilation where mechanical means is used to assist or replace spontaneous breathing. This may involve a machine called a ventilator, or the breathing may be assisted manually by a suitably qualified professional (such as an anesthesiologist or paramedic) compressing a breathing system, bag valve mask device or.