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Synonyms of Rh Disease
- Congenital Anemia of Newborn
- Erythroblastosis Fetalis
- Erythroblastosis Neonatorum
- Hemolytic Anemia of Newborn
- Hemolytic Disease of Newborn
- Icterus Gravis Neonatorum
- Rhesus Incompatibility
- Rh Factor Incompatibility
- Rh Incompatibility
- No subdivisions found.
Rh disease or Rh incompatibility (also known as erythroblastosis fetalis) occurs when a woman with Rh-negative blood conceives a child with Rh-positive blood. Red blood cells are destroyed (hemolysis) because of this incompatibility, leading to anemia and other symptoms in the infant. Symptoms vary in severity among affected infants and may include an unusual yellowish coloration of the skin (jaundice); swelling of the chest and abdomen due to the accumulation of fluid (edema); and/or a pale appearance of the skin. In more severe cases, affected infants may have experience life-threatening complications. Rh disease occurs only when a mother's blood is Rh-negative and her baby's blood is Rh-positive.
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