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    Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn

    Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn

    Hemolytic disease of the newborn (also called erythroblastosis fetalis) is a serious condition that may occur when the blood types of a mother and her baby do not match. Substances (antibodies) in the mother's blood cross the placenta and may destroy the red blood cells of the fetus.

    After birth, a baby with hemolytic disease may be treated with a blood transfusion.

    Last Revised: September 24, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine

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