Perinatal outcome in relation to mode of delivery in meconium stained amniotic fluid
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Meconium staining of the amniotic fluid is a common complication during labour. When facilities like electronic monitoring, foetal blood sampling are not available, it is difficult to decide whether labour should be allowed to continue or caesarean section should be done. Even when caesarean section is done, meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) can still occur and considerable morbidity and mortality may result in the newborn. Amnioinfusion is being considered as useful in decreasing MAS and its sequelae. Before resorting to amnio infusion, we decided to analyse the perinatal outcome in meconium stained liquor to compare whether early caesarean section offered any advantage. This is a retrospective study of 150 labours complicated by thick meconium stained liquor, during a 12 month period (1992–93).
Key wordsMeconium stained amniotic fluid Meconium aspiration syndrome Foetal distress
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