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Antenatal and Neonatal Screening$
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Nicholas Wald and Ian Leck

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192628268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.001.0001

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Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases

Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases

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(p.282) 12 Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases
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Antenatal and Neonatal Screening
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Elizabeth A. Letsky

Ian Leck

John M. Bowman

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192628268.003.0012

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

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