A patient with MAS has had a chest radiograph taken. What findings can be expected?


a. Elevated diaphragms
b. Mediastinal shift
c. Irregular densities throughout the lungs
d. Air bronchograms


Meconium in the airways will be seen on the chest radiograph as irregular densities throughout the lungs. An infant with MAS is more likely to have depressed diaphragms due to air trapping. There should not be any mediastinal shift with MAS. Air bronchograms are associated with diffuse atelectasis, not MAS.


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