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Rh incompatibility - series

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Part 1

Rh incompatibility occurs when the mother's blood type is Rh negative and her fetus' blood type is Rh positive.



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Part 2

If some of the fetus' blood passes into the mother's blood stream, her body will produce antibodies in response.



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Part 3

These antibodies could pass back through the placenta and harm the fetus' red blood cells, causing mild to serious anemia in the fetus.




Review Date: 1/28/2013
Reviewed By: Kimberly G Lee, MD, MSc, IBCLC, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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