PMID: 40320Aug 15, 1979

Relationship between the presence of meconium in newborn lambs and postnatal pH and blood gas tension levels (author's transl)

Tijdschrift Voor Diergeneeskunde
M DuifhuizenL Elving


The pH of the blood and blood gas tension (PO2 and PCO2) were estimated in thirty-two lambs. Blood was taken from the umbilical vein during labour and blood was collected from the left ventricle after birth (1, 10 and 60 minutes). The findings in twenty-one lambds were used to determine the relationship between the presence of meconium on the fleece and the postnatal changes in pH and blood gas tension. pH, blood gas tension and vitality were found to be identical both in the meconium-stained and in the unstained lambs. Within this experiment, there was no relationship between the length of parturition and pH and blood gas tension levels. The pH, PO2 and PCO2 as determined in the umbilical blood showed that the lambs (both meconium-stained and unstained) continue to be in good condition throughout a normal parturition. Postnatal adjustment is rapid and, following normal ventilation, pH, PO2 and PCO2 respectively attain levels of 7.379; 54.7 and 43.7 within sixty minutes. Diminished vitality, resulting from pathological factors, was observed in four lambs.

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Specimen Type - Meconium
Labor (Childbirth)
Blood Gas
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