Rh Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Congenital Anemia of Newborn
  • Erythroblastosis Fetalis
  • Erythroblastosis Neonatorum
  • Hemolytic Anemia of Newborn
  • Hemolytic Disease of Newborn
  • Icterus Gravis Neonatorum
  • Rh Factor Incompatibility
  • Rh Incompatibility
  • Rhesus Incompatibility

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

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.

Resources

NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Information Center
P.O. Box 30105
Bethesda, MD 20824-0105
Tel: (301)592-8573
Fax: (301)251-1223
Email: nhlbiinfo@rover.nhlbi.nih.gov

National Perinatal Information Center
144 Wayland Avenue
Suite 300
Providence, RI 02906
Tel: (401)274-0650
Fax: (401)455-0377
Email: npic@npic.org
Internet: http://www.npic.org

National Perinatal Association
3500 East Fletcher Avenue
Suite 205
Tampa, FL 33613
USA
Tel: (813)971-1008
Fax: (813)971-9306
Tel: (888)971-3295
Email: npa@nationalperinatal.org
Internet: http://www.nationalperinatal.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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