Meconium ileus

Obstruction of the intestine (ileus) due to overly thick meconium, the dark sticky stuff that is normally present in the intestine at birth and, after trypsin and other enzymes from the pancreas have acted on it, is normally passed in the feces after birth. Meconium ileus results from a deficiency of trypsin and other digestive enzymes from the pancreas, as in cystic fibrosis (fibrocystic disease of the pancreas, mucoviscidosis).

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meconium ileus n congenital intestinal obstruction by thickened viscous meconium that is often associated with cystic fibrosis of newborn infants

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ileus in the newborn due to blocking of the intestine with thick meconium, often associated with cystic fibrosis.

Meconium ileus in an anteroposterior view of the abdomen. The bowel is dilated and no gas is seen in the rectum.


Medical dictionary. 2011.

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