<i>Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases</i>

Elizabeth A. Letsky, Ian Leck and John M. Bowman

in Antenatal and Neonatal Screening

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192628268
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723605 | DOI:
Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases

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This chapter describes antenatal and neonatal screening for rhesus and other blood group incompatibilities. These incompatibilities can cause maternal antibodies to fetal blood cell antigens to enter the fetal circulation, leading to fetal and neonatal haemolytic disease (generally referred to as haemolytic disease of the newborn, HDN). Without screening and appropriate treatment, HDN would be an important cause of perinatal death and brain damage. With screening and treatment these complications are almost completely prevented.

Keywords: antenatal screening; neontal screening; blood group incompatibility; rhesus incompatibility; haematological disorders; haemolytic disease

Chapter.  18392 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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