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erythroblastosis fetalis Explained

erythroblastosis fetalis at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Anemia in an infant, caused when a pregnant woman produces antibodies to an antigen in her fetus's red blood cells. An Rh-negative woman (see Rh blood-group system) with an Rh-positive fetus whose ABO blood group (see ABO blood-group system) matches hers is likely to have an immune reaction after the first such pregnancy, which sensitizes her when fetal red blood cells enter her bloodstream, usually during labor. If blood typing shows incompatibility, an anti-Rh antibody injection given to the mother after the birth can destroy the fetal red cells, thus preventing trouble in a future pregnancy. If amniocentesis detects products of blood destruction, Rh-negative blood transfusions to the fetus before birth or exchange transfusion after it may save the baby's life. ABO incompatibilities are more common but usually less severe.

erythroblastosis fetalis at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

erythroblastosis fetalis
n : severe anemia in newborn babies; the result of Rh
incompatibility between maternal and fetal blood;
typically occurs when the child of an Rh-negative mother
inherits Rh-positive blood from the father; can be
diagnosed before birth by amniocentesis

erythroblastosis fetalis at English (WD) Of Explained:



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  • A medical condition where an rh negative mother's antibodies attack the red blood cells of an rh positive fetus.

    Related terms

    * erythroblastosis
    • erythroblastosis neonatorum
    • hemolytic disease

    Translation: zh » erythroblastosis fetalis