Fluid recovery during lung lavage in meconium aspiration syndrome

Peter Dargaville, Beverley Copnell, John Mills, Ismail Haron, Jimmy Lee, David Tingay, Jaafar Rohana, Lindsay Mildenhall, Mei-Jy Jeng, Anushree Narayanan, Malcolm Battin, Carl Kuschel, Joel Sadowsky, Harshad Patel, Charles Kilburn, J Carlin, Colin Morley

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    Lung lavage using two aliquots of 15 mL/kg of dilute surfactant was performed in 30 ventilated infants with severe meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). Mean recovery of instilled lavage fluid was 46%, with greater fluid return associated with lower mean airway pressure at 24 h and a shorter duration of respiratory support. Conclusion Recovery of instilled lavage fluid is paramount in effective lung lavage in MAS and must be afforded priority in the lavage technique.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)e90-e93
    Number of pages4
    JournalActa Paediatrica
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


    • Lung lavage
    • Meconium aspiration syndrome
    • Pulmonary surfactants


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