RH disease

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Related to Rhesus disease: erythroblastosis fetalis, rhesus factor

RH disease

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In short, the immune system of mothers carrying babies with Rhesus disease attacks the fetus.
Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and Rhesus disease of the newborn: Incidenceand impairment estimates for 2010 at regional and global levels.
His claret contains a very special antibody which when given to pregnant women helps to stop Rhesus disease.
Mum-of-three Lynne had taken three-week-old Hollie to Glasgow's Southern General for treatment to help her overcome the effects of Rhesus disease - a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman's blood destroy her baby's blood cells.
When I was a medical student and then a junior doctor, I was taught by and worked alongside Dr Willie Walker who discovered life-saving treatment for mothers and babies with rhesus disease so this is a subject dear to my heart.
This causes Rhesus disease, marked by severe anaemia.
Dr Leanne Bricker, Corniche Hospital's chair of Fetal Medicine said, "This is a rare condition where the fetus develops anemia due to maternal red cell antibodies called Rhesus disease.
Harrison's plasma possesses a particular antibody that treats Rhesus disease, which results from a pregnant mother's immune system generating antibodies that attack her unborn baby's blood cells.
James's plasma is used in Anti-D vaccine, which is given to women to stop their babies getting Rhesus disease.
At a later stage of the pregnancy, these antibodies can cross through the placenta and enter the blood of the foetus, increasing the chances of destroying the red blood cells of the foetus and causing anaemia, a condition known as the Haemolytic Disease of the Newborn or Rhesus disease.
Monitoring and treatment of women with rhesus disease - and other conditions where fetal transfusions may be needed - is also provided, as is the monitoring of multiple births.
Prof Finn's abiding interest was in immunology and he became famous for the prevention of rhesus disease in new-born babies.