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Can someone explain a Rh factor or isoimmunization to me?

Can someone explain a Rh factor or isoimmunization to me?

Antibodies are key!: If you have a negative blood type and you are pregnant with a baby that has a positive blood type, your body makes antibodies. In subsequent pregnancies, if the baby has a positive blood type, the antibodies attack the baby and can cause miscarriage or still birth. A shot during pregnancy and at the end of any pregnancy (including miscarriage or abortion) can prevent the antibodies from forming. ...Read more

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Mother Baby Blood Type Mismatch (Definition)

Mother Baby Blood Type Mismatch, also known as ABO incompatibility, occurs when a pregnant mother has a different blood type than the developing baby. Exposure to the baby’s blood type, either from that pregnancy or a previous sibling, causes the mothers body to develop antibodies to the blood type. The condition is dangerous as antibodies can cross the placenta and cause anemia (blood cell destruction), jaundice, or fetal ...Read more


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If I develop Rh isoimmunization, how will it be treated?

If I develop Rh isoimmunization, how will it be treated?

Rh Incompatability: If maternal antibodies develop against rh-positive proteins, then these antibodies could affect a current or future fetus during pregnancy. This is called rh isoimmunization. Since rh incompatibility is almost completely preventable with the use of prophylactic immunization (immune globulin injection of rhogam), prevention remains the best treatment. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Rh isoimmunization?

What are the tests for Rh isoimmunization?

Blood type & screen: The basic test is a blood type and screen in which your blood type is determined and any antibodies to blood cell antigens your body may have produces are detected. If your blood type is rh positive, then you should not worry about rh isoimmunization. A type and screen is a normal part of prenatal care, so if you are pregnant, please see your obstetrician. ...Read more

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How long does pregnancy with Rh isoimmunization last?

How long does pregnancy with Rh isoimmunization last?

Depends: It is the fetus that is affected by rh isoimmunization. In a mild case pregnancy may last the normal period of 40 weeks. In very severe case the fetus may not be viable around 20 weeks of gestation or even sooner. ...Read more

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Just got home from doctor. She said I have Rh isoimmunization. Looked it up online and now more confused that ever. Can you explain what it means to have it?

Just got home from doctor. She said I have Rh isoimmunization. Looked it up online and now more confused that ever. Can you explain what it means to have it?

Pregnancy concerns: The rh factor is found on the red blood cells of 85% of people in america, they are rh positive. You would be rh negative, because you do not have the rh factor on your red blood cells and because of that you have developed an antibody against the rh factor. That antibody protects you but can cross the placenta when you are pregnant and can cause severe problems for your unborn baby. ...Read more

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Where Rh factor is present exactly?

Where Rh factor is present exactly?

blood cells: This is a protein, inherited, which is one the surface of red blood cells it is an important component of blood typing and must be matched for donation to prevent reactions. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rh factor?

What is the definition or description of: Rh factor?

See answer details.: 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 an rh positive child. ...Read more

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Could you tell me, in the simplist terms possible, what an Rh factor is?

How simple?: Genetic. You have it or lack it from conception. If you lack it, you can become allergic to it by transfusion or being pregnant with a baby who has it. If you are allergic and Baby has it, Baby can get very sick because of it. This used to be very common and serious but now we can prevent it. This is overly simple but will help you get started. ...Read more

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Baby is Rh factor positive. Is that good?

Baby is Rh factor positive. Is that good?

Only if you are Rh+: Rh positive mothers having rh+ babies-no problem! rh negative mothers with a rh+ baby especially the first and subsequent pregnancies will require Rhogam injection post delivery to prevent future rh disease issues and baby losses. ...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

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