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Anemia Newborn Hemolytic Underlying Cause

Erythroblastosis fetalis occurs when the mother's blood enters the infant's bloodstream. If the mother has a Rh-negative blood type, the mother's immune system attacks the red blood cells of the fetus: the infant's red blood cells are destroyed, resulting in anemia.

Last Updated: Aug 8, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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