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A 40-year-old female asked about a 23-year-old female:

When do antibodies from a mother not receiving a rhogam injection in an rh negative baby cause serious problems for a subsequent pregnancy?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Rhogam refused: Failing to administer, or failing to accept Rhogam when needed is asking for very serious trouble. If an rh negative woman delivers and rh positive baby and does not get immunized, any future pregnancy with an rh positive baby is likely to be affected -- severe jaundice & brain damage at birth, or baby bloating and dying in the womb. Used to be very common and should never occur.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
I remember as a med student watching a doc try to save an affected baby in the womb by transfusing it through a foot long needle into the babies belly.One of the grossest things I ever saw.It was one of the few things that could help them
Jun 28, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for sharing Dr. Ferguson. "An ounce of prevention"... I am not sure I read the question correctly. RhoGam may not have been indicated if the baby was also Rh negative; perhaps there was some confusion.
Jun 28, 2013
Last updated Jul 1, 2014


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