noun[mass noun] Medicine
A severe form of anaemia caused in a fetus or newborn infant by incompatibility with the mother’s blood type, typically when the mother is rhesus negative and produces antibodies which attack rhesus positive fetal blood through the placenta. Also called erythroblastosis.
- In addition hemolytic disease of the newborn may be due to antibodies in other blood group system antigens.
- Both anti-C and anti-G are clinically significant antibodies capable of causing extravascular transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the newborn.
- Fetomaternal hemorrhage leads to alloimmunization of Rh D-negative mothers, resulting in an increased risk of hemolytic disease of the newborn.
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