Umbilical Cord Tissue and Meconium May Not Be Equivalent for Confirming in Utero Substance Exposure.


In a retrospective study of 501 neonates with potential in utero substance exposure, the drug detection performance of a commercially available umbilical cord tissue toxicology test was evaluated against a commercially available gold standard meconium toxicology test. Drugs detected in paired meconium and umbilical cord tissue samples were often discordant.