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Fetal Blood Transfusion for Rh Sensitization

A blood transfusion to treat the effects of Rh sensitization on the fetus can be done before birth. During the transfusion, Rh-negative blood that is compatible with the fetus's blood type is given to the fetus. The fresh blood provided by the transfusion replaces the red blood cells that have been destroyed by the mother’s immune system.

A blood transfusion can also be given to the infant shortly after birth.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Last Revised October 20, 2011

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