Iron Status in Infants with HDFN

Iron Status in Infants with HDFN

Medical literature is clear – iron supplements will not help infants with Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN), and can actually be dangerous in some instances.

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Preparing Blood For an Intrauterine Transfusion

Preparing Blood For an Intrauterine Transfusion

Preparing donor blood for an intrauterine transfusion (IUT) can be more complicated than for other transfusions. Dr. Moise has kindly provided us with some standard operating procedures for preparing blood for IUTs. Standard Operating Procedures For Preparing blood for Intrauterine Transfusion Source: Blood should be from the donor within the last 72 hours if possible….

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Necessary and Optional Laboratory Assessments for the Mother, Father, and Fetus

Necessary and Optional Laboratory Assessments for the Mother, Father, and Fetus

There are a variety of laboratory tests that should be offered to the alloimmunized patient. It is important to test both the mother and the father during an alloimmunized pregnancy. By testing both parents, it is possible to get a more accurate view of the risk of HDFN.

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Necessary Laboratory Assessments for Infants Exposed to Maternal Alloantibodies

Necessary Laboratory Assessments for Infants Exposed to Maternal Alloantibodies

There are a variety of laboratory tests that are necessary for infants born to alloimmunized mothers. It is important to confirm or rule out the presence of HDFN. Infants who are affected by HDFN require weekly follow up lab assessment for hemoglobin/hematocrit until ~12 weeks of age or until weekly counts are rising for 2-3 consecutive weeks.

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Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions – The risks to the alloimmunized mother

Hemolytic Transfusion Reactions – The risks to the alloimmunized mother

This page is all about medical alert cards and how they can help prevent a serious and sometimes fatal side effect of alloimmunization: hemolytic transfusion reactions (HTRs). If a patient with alloantibodies receives blood that is not matched to his/her antibody status, the transfused blood cells are destroyed by the patient’s immune system. HTRs can result in a variety of problems, including: a systemic inflammatory response, low blood pressure, kidney failure, and even death. Alloantibodies are the second leading cause of fatal HTRs. A review of current literature shows that hemolytic transfusion reactions are still a problem for alloimmunized patients today and that the risks can be prevented by a medical alert card. Patients can create their own custom cards here.

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Cell-Free Fetal DNA (cffDNA) Testing

Cell-Free Fetal DNA (cffDNA) Testing

cffDNA testing is the safest option for determining if a fetus is antigen positive and at risk for HDFN. Women from around the world can have their blood drawn and shipped off to have the test done. Here is more information about cffDNA testing and the necessary forms for testing.

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Common Alloimmunization Misconceptions

Common Alloimmunization Misconceptions

Outdated misconceptions about alloimmunization are abundant. In fact, multiple patients report being told one of these common alloimmunization misconceptions: a first sensitized pregnancy won’t be affected, if titers are low the infant will not be affected by HDFN, an alloimmunized woman cannot have more biological children, or an anemic infant with HDFN needs iron. Can you guess which of these statements are misconceptions and which are true?

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Alternatives to Natural Conception

Alternatives to Natural Conception

A diagnosis of maternal alloimmunization does not have to determine your family size. In addition to adoption and foster care, there are many alternatives to natural conception. There are four main alternatives to natural conception: sperm donation, surrogacy, in vitro fertilization with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (IVF with PGD), and embryo adoption.

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Medications Used During Intrauterine Transfusions

Medications Used During Intrauterine Transfusions

This list shows commonly used medications for intrauterine transfusions (IUT), a brief reasoning for use, and common dosages. This is not intended to be a list of the only medications available or a list of must-use medications. Providers must determine which medications are used when. Copied with permission from Intrauterine Fetal Transfusion of Red Cells….

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