|HDN due to anti-RhE alloimmunization
|Classification and external resources
Hemolytic disease of the newborn (anti-RhE) is caused by the anti-RhE antibody of the Rh blood group system. The anti-RhE antibody can be naturally occurring, or arise following immune sensitization after a blood transfusion or pregnancy.
The anti-RhE antibody is quite common especially in the Rh genotype CDe/CDe; It usually only causes a mild hemolytic disease, but very rarely can cause a severe condition in the newborn. It can occur with other antibodies, usually the anti-Rhc antibody, which can also cause a severe hemolytic disease.
- Antenatal & neonatal screening (second edition). Chapter 12: Rhesus and other haemolytic diseases, by E.A. Letsky, I. Leck, J.M. Bowman. 2000. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-262827-7.
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