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Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

  • Simone Pratesi
  • Carlo Dani


The term meconium is derived from the Greek word mekoni, which means poppy juice or opium due to its tarry appearance or to Aristotle’s belief that it induced sleep in the fetus. Meconium constitutes the first stool of a newborn infant. The passage of meconium typically occurs within 48 hours after birth, however it can occur in utero.


High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Suction Catheter Meconium Aspiration Syndrome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Pratesi
  • Carlo Dani
    • 1
  1. 1.Neonatal Intensive Care UnitCareggi University HospitalFlorenceItaly

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