Meconium

  • Etiology: Sterile bowel contents of fetus which are expelled in first stool, composed of materials ingested in-utero: intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucous, amniotic fluid, bile
  • Visually: viscous, sticky, tar-like, dark in color
  • Complications: meconium aspiration syndrome, meconium plug syndrome, meconium obstruction of prematurity, uncomplicated meconium ileus, complicated meconium ileus, distal intestinal obstruction syndrome

Cases of Meconium

Clinical image of meconium plug
Clinical image shows a contiguous plug of meconium that was expelled by the patient after a water-soluble contrast enema.
Clinical image of meconium plug
Clinical image shows a contiguous plug of meconium that was expelled by the patient after a water-soluble contrast enema.