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Why is the hb concentration in a newborn/neonate is high?
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Neonatology 49 years experience
Physiologic reason: Fetal Hemoglobin holds on to oxygen greater than adult hemoglobin so to deliver more oxygen to the tissues, the body needs more red cells carrying a greater amount of hemoglobin. There are certain conditions associated with too high a hemoglobin that make the blood too thick causing harm to the baby.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2015
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