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Title: Amnioinfusion  
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Subject: Meconium aspiration syndrome, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Lamellar body count, Vibroacoustic stimulation, McRoberts maneuver
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ICD-9-CM 75.37

Amnioinfusion is a method of thinning thick meconium that has passed into the amniotic fluid.

It has been used to reduce meconium aspiration syndrome, though evidence of benefit is mixed.[1][2]

It is sometimes used in severe cases of oligohydramnios to prevent umbilical cord compression.[3] However, there is uncertainty about the procedure's safety and efficacy, and it is recommended that it should only be performed in centres specialising in invasive fetal medicine and in the context of a multidisciplinary team.[4]


  1. ^ Fraser WD, Hofmeyr J, Lede R, et al. (September 2005). "Amnioinfusion for the prevention of the meconium aspiration syndrome". N. Engl. J. Med. 353 (9): 909–17.  
  2. ^ Edwards RK, Duff P (1999). "Prophylactic cefazolin in amnioinfusions administered for meconium-stained amniotic fluid". Infect Dis Obstet Gynecol 7 (3): 153–7.  
  3. ^ Hsu TL, Hsu TY, Tsai CC, Ou CY (December 2007). "The experience of amnioinfusion for oligohydramnios during the early second trimester". Taiwan J Obstet Gynecol 46 (4): 395–8.  
  4. ^ Oligohydramnios at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Based on the overview Therapeutic amnioinfusion for oligohydramnios during pregnancy (excluding labour) in 2006
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