What is the treatment for prenatally diagnosed meconium ileus in cystic fibrosis (CF)?

Updated: Oct 22, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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When meconium ileus is diagnosed prenatally, the authors recommend immediate referral to a tertiary care facility equipped to manage the needs of the mother, fetus, neonate, and family. A multidisciplinary team of perinatologists, neonatologists, obstetricians, pediatric surgeons, and CF specialists is prepared for the delivery of these high-risk neonates.

The team performs serial sonographic examinations on a monthly basis prior to delivery, a procedure that allows early detection of potential complications to prepare clinicians for special or urgent medical or surgical needs upon delivery.


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