Meconium ileus equivalent in adults with cystic fibrosis of pancreas: a report of six cases

Br Med J. 1976 Oct 2;2(6039):790-1. doi: 10.1136/bmj.2.6039.790.


Eleven episodes of "meconium ileus equivalent" have been seen in six adults with cystic fibrosis of the pancreas. Three patients were initially treated surgically; one died and the other two developed serious postoperative chest infections. Six episodes were successfully treated medically with acetylcysteine orally and by enema, nasogastric suction, and intravenous fluids. Operation should be avoided if possible, and maintenance treatment with acetylcysteine may be necessary to prevent relapse.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acetylcysteine / therapeutic use
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Colon / diagnostic imaging
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications*
  • Diabetes Complications
  • Enema
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / drug therapy
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology*
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Intestine, Small / diagnostic imaging
  • Intestine, Small / surgery
  • Male
  • Radiography


  • Acetylcysteine