Mental Health Book


Meconium Drug Screen

Aka: Meconium Drug Screen, Toxicology Screening of Meconium
  1. Indication
    1. Suspected Substance Abuse in Pregnancy
  2. Mechanism
    1. Meconium accumulates drug exposure throughout pregnancy
    2. In utero exposure of drugs implied by positive test
      1. Exposure may have been months prior to delivery
  3. General
    1. Lab testing methadology is critical to efficacy
    2. Screening Tests are non-specific
    3. Confirmatory testing is highly specific
      1. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
      2. Liquid Chromatography mass spectrometry (LC/MS)
  4. Efficacy
    1. False Positives if infant urinates into sample
      1. Reflects antepartum and perinatal esposure
    2. False Negatives
      1. Meconium sample at room Temperature
        1. Decreases Cocaine and Cannabinoid by 25% per day
      2. Preterm Infant
  5. Drug Screening (sensitive, but not specific)
    1. Opiates
      1. May be positive due to Codeine, Heroin, Morphine
      2. Less sensitive for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone
      3. Heroin clears very quickly
        1. However 6-acetylmorphine metabolite clears slowly
    2. Cocaine
      1. Multiple metabolites may be measured
      2. False Positive is very rare
        1. Theororetically Lidocaine can cause positive
        2. In reality, Lidocaine ammount required too high
    3. Amphetamines
      1. Methamphetamine metabolized to Amphetamine
      2. MDMA (Ecstacy) metabolized to MDA
      3. MDA and Amphetamine may appear similar on testing
    4. Cannabinoids (Marijuana)
  6. References
    1. Lesler (2001) Pediatrics 107:309-317 [PubMed]
    2. Ostrea (2001) J Pediatr 138:344-8 [PubMed]

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