Meconium aspiration syndrome: a 6-year retrospective study

Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1989 Apr;96(4):411-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.1989.tb02414.x.


The incidence and outcome of babies suffering from meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) has been analysed in a 6-year review of 38,395 births at Guy's Hospital and Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital. One in 533 births (0.2%) was complicated by MAS, the mortality rate for which was 1 in 12. There was also a number of babies identified as possibly suffering from 'subclinical MAS' but no deaths occurred in this group. Males were more affected than females.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • London
  • Male
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome / mortality
  • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome / therapy
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Factors