Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) occurs when a baby passes meconium into the amniotic fluid and then inhales into the lungs. Early meconium release can occur when a baby is under stress due to a decrease in blood or oxygen supply. Risk factors can include prolonged labor, high blood pressure or diabetes in the mother among others (MedlinePlus).
A decrease in oxygen supply can lead to fetal hypoxia which can cause early meconium release. Since pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) can cause placental dysfunction which may lead to fetal hypoxia, researchers Li and colleagues decided to determine the association between PIH as a risk factor for MAS.
In a retrospective study using a database in Taiwan, they looked into patient records of women diagnosed with PIH during pregnancy, comparing them to women without PIH. Ultimately, they found a higher incidence of MAS occurring in those with PIH, “patients with PIH obtained higher subsequent risk for the development of MAS than those without PIH. Besides, age ≥30 years, nulliparity and patients with diabetes mellitus are the independent risk factors of developing MAS.” (Li et al 2019).
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