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How Often Is Hemolytic Disease Of The Newborn Fatal
Depends on form: Decades ago when i started rh hemolytic disease was often fatal during pregnancy & problamatic in newborns. Surviving infants often needed many exchange transfusions & had worrisome futures. Then a treatment called Rhogam came along & has ended that nightmare. In 26 yrs, I have transfused 1-2 ABO babies primarily for late stage anemia but had no fatalities. Rh disease is a problem without rx. ...Read more
HDN: The process of hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) starts soon after birth, however the symptoms (mainly jaundice) may not be detected if clinicians do not maintain a high index of suspicion. HDN due to Rh incompatibility is very rare in the US, but ABO incompatibility should be suspected whenever the mother has type O blood and the baby has either type A or B blood and there jaundice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my 2nd son had hemolytic disease of the newborn, what are the chances the rest of my babies will as well?
Depends: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, which is due to rh or ABO incompatibility, happens when the newborn's blood type is incompatible with the mother's, and the mother has passed antibody to the baby in utero. In ABO disease, the mother must be type o and the baby either a or b. In rh disease, the mother must be rh- and the baby rh+. So, subsequent risk depends on the fetus' blood type. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Hemolytic disease of the newborn, causing yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) with anemia, is most commonly due to a "set-up"--a blood type difference between mother and child. Blood types are caused by genes at the ABO and other loci (rhesus being most damaging), with o type or rh negative moms making antibodies to red blood cells of a or b or rh+ fetuses (if mom is o and fetus ab, baby switched), . ...Read more
Does the possibility of an unborn baby getting antibodies c&d, (hemolytic disease of the newborn) increase with each pregnancy?
HDN: During pregnancy, red blood cells from the unborn baby can cross into the mother's blood through the placenta. Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn occurs when the immune system of the mother sees a baby's red blood cells as foreign and produces antibodies against the baby's red blood cells. These antibodies attack the red blood cells in the baby's blood and cause them to break down too early. ...Read more
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