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Rh Factor (Definition)

The commonly used terms rh factor, rh positive and rh negative refer to the d antigen of the rh blood group system. In addition to its role in blood transfusion, the rh blood group system—specifically, the d antigen—is used to determine the risk of hemolytic disease of the newborn (hdn). Hdn sometimes occurs when an rh negative mother has an anti-d antibody and gives birth to ...Read more


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Also does the Rh factor affect a baby's vulnerability to the disease?

Also does the Rh factor affect a baby's vulnerability to the disease?

Generally no: A negative Rh factor does not make a baby more susceptible to disease in their lifetime, either thru infection, environmental factors or bad habits. In the rare instance where they might need a blood transfusion, they could only get it from Rh negative donors.Females would require more monitoring during pregnancy if their spouse was Rh+.It is generally of no longterm consequence. ...Read more

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What can cause my blood Rh factor to change?

What can cause my blood Rh factor to change?

Genetic marker: Rh factor markers are inherited and do not change during a person's life, except in people who get bone marrow transplants. ...Read more

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How can I relate the Rh incompatibility to other blood cells?

How can I relate the Rh incompatibility to other blood cells?

Unclear question: It is not feasible to answer your question as there is no incompatibility between a person's red cells and other cells. ...Read more

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Can people with factor 11 deficiency donate blood at the red cross?

Can people with factor 11 deficiency donate blood at the red cross?

Disclose the facts: You can donate blood, though depending on the factor deficiency, your plasma may not be used. It is important that you disclose the deficiency to the blood collection agency and answer all other questions truthfully. ...Read more

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How do the surgeons use red blood cells to increase the blood whilst fibroids surgery ?Is there such a thing? Trying to avoid a blood transfusion ?

How do the surgeons use red blood cells to increase the blood whilst fibroids surgery ?Is there such a thing? Trying to avoid a  blood transfusion ?

Transfusion: You are very concerned about blood transfusion. In a healthy, young female it is unusual event during myomectomy, unless surgeon is famous for significant blood loss. Talk to the surgeon and frankly ask about 5 last cases of myomectomy. Did patients receive transfusion. If 3 out of 5 did, may be you should look for another surgeon. ...Read more

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Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Will determining the factors that cause the immune system to attack beta cells lead to finding a cure for diabetes?

Doubt, but...: we feel strongly, that, at least in some, usingmeds that treat beta cell inflammation will control disease better, decrease risk of progression to insulin therapy in future ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for a blood clot in your liver if you carry the factor five blood disorder ?

Is there a treatment for a blood clot in your liver if you carry the factor five blood disorder ?

Yes: Factor 5 leaves you at increased risk for clots. A clot in the liver would normally be treated with a temporary course of blood thinners. If you are prone to clots, like having factor 5 leiden, you may need life long blood thinners. ...Read more

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Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?

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Does the eye, if exposed to viruses/bacteria/cancer fluids, have any protective mechanisms? Like the way one's immune system attacks viruses in blood?

Yes: Tear has enzymes and antibody (iga class primarily) .Lysozymes etc to act against invaders. The constant flushing from tear flow also helps cleanse the eye surface. ...Read more

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Any prescribed blood thinner does not wear down a blood clot in the majority of cases. Care to reply?

Body does it: There are 'clot dissolving' drugs which directly break up clots, but most traditional 'blood thinners' simply prevent additonal clot being laid down, while the body's natural defenses dissolve existing clot. ...Read more

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We all already know that the sympathetic system has a role in increase the blood pressure .. But when can the sympathetic help in decrease it ?

We all already know that the sympathetic system has a role in increase the blood pressure .. But when can the sympathetic help in decrease it ?

Does not : Can you slow your car down by stepping on gas pedal? Same way there is no way to decrease BP by stimulating sympathetic nerve. We can normalize by using sympathetic stimulation if a patient has low blood pressure (such as shock) ...Read more

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Is there a link bw rh- blood types and autoimmune? Had rh+ baby, needed rhogam, can this cause antibodies in my blood and developing autoimmune sympt?

Is there a link bw rh- blood types and autoimmune? Had rh+ baby, needed rhogam, can this cause antibodies in my blood and developing autoimmune sympt?

No: Every day, you make antibodies against foreign proteins. Rhogam and rh exposure won't trigger you to make antibodies against your own proteins. If this were the case, the nih research piranhas would have noticed long ago. ...Read more

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How does thrompocytopenia result in Hemorrhage?.. Whats the Main role of plateles that gets hampered due to dengue fever?

How does thrompocytopenia result in Hemorrhage?.. Whats the Main role of plateles that gets hampered due to dengue fever?

See below: Platelets are the first line of defense in plugging any hole in a blood vessel. Microscopic holes happen with natural activity. Lack of platelets allows bleeding. Thrombocytopeina in Dengue occurs to due a combination of issues. You may consult this site for information. http://www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/dengue/012-23.pdf ...Read more

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How does the du variant affect a Rh factor reading on blood work?

How does the du variant affect a Rh factor reading on blood work?

Weak Rh: These people used to test rh negative, but are in fact rh positive. Du is a non-problem. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health, and thanks for writing. ...Read more

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When donating a kidney, what is the blood type that is universal? Explain the different blood types for donating. Ex: Rh can donate to a+ etc...

When donating a kidney, what is the blood type that is universal? Explain the different blood types for donating. Ex: Rh can donate to a+ etc...

Blood types: Blood type o negative could be given to all people. People with ab positive type can receive any blood. Blood banks still crossmatch carefully before any blood is transfused, however. ...Read more

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Relationship btwn autoimmunedisorder and cytokine? As in: does having an a.D. Raise/lower the risk of cytokine storm due to infection? Anti inflam. Diet beneficial for helping either?

Relationship btwn autoimmunedisorder and cytokine? As in: does having an a.D. Raise/lower the risk of cytokine storm due to infection? Anti inflam. Diet beneficial for helping either?

Cytokine storm: Cytokine storm is caused by the release of over 150 proinflammatory products including cytokines. It is uncommon in autoimmune disorders unless an infection such as sars or swine flu or severe influenza is also present. Sometimes the cause is unclear. There is no confirmation that an anti-cytokine diet is helpful under those circumstances. Gemfibrozole, ok40 igg, anti tnf agents may help experimen. ...Read more

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Does the Rh factor affect an RA patient's ability to go into remission during pregnancy?

Does the Rh factor affect an RA patient's ability to go into remission during pregnancy?

Rh, RF: Rh is the positive or negative in blood type. Think o+, b-, ab -, etc. Rf is rheumatoid factor. Neither affects the possibility of the rheumatoid arthritis being more stable during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more