Rh Incompatibility and Isoimmunization
- Induced abortion
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Trauma during pregnancy
- Amniocentesis or other invasive testing procedures related to pregnancy (rare complication)
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- Had a prior pregnancy with a baby that was Rh positive
- Had a prior blood transfusion or amniocentesis
- Did not receive Rh immunization prophylaxis during a prior pregnancy with an Rh-positive baby
- Swelling of the body, which may be associated with heart failure or respiratory problems.
- Has a yellow or orange appearance to the skin
- Does not sleep
- Is hard to wake up
- Is not breastfeeding or has difficulty sucking from a bottle
- Is restless or fussy
- High pitched crying or crying that won't stop
- A bowed body
- A stiff, limp, or floppy body
- Strange eye movements
- Aggressive hydration
- Phototherapy—light therapy to treat skin conditions
Swelling of the Body (Hydrops fetalis)
- Intrauterine fetal transfusion—to replace blood cells that are being destroyed during pregnancy
- Early induction of labor
- A direct transfusion of packed red blood cells which are compatible with the infant's blood
- An exchange transfusion to remove the mother's antibodies
- Control of congestive heart failure and fluid retention
Kernicterus may be treated with:
- Exchange transfusion—replacing baby's blood with blood with Rh-negative blood cells
- Cognitive delays
- Movement disorders
- Hearing loss
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
American Pregnancy Association http://www.americanpregnancy.org
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Hemolytic disease of the newborn. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated April 19, 2013. Accessed May 22, 2013.
Jaundice and kernicterus. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/jaundice/facts.html. Updated March 30, 2011. Accessed May 22, 2013.
Rh factor. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancycomplications/rhfactor-2.html. Updated April 2006. Accessed May 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/22/2013 -
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