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Neonates born through meconium stained liquor can aspirate the meconium into the lungs and develop respiratory distress. Aspirated meconium can block the large and small airways causing areas of atelectasis and emphysema, which can progress to develop air leak syndrome.
Symptoms Respiratory distress (Tachypnea, retractions, grunting, cyanosis, etc.)
Prevention Proper suctioning during resuscitation
Diagnosis: Clinical diagnosis, Xray chest (hyperinflated lungs, patchy infiltrates)