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Rh Incompatibility

Alternate Names : Erythroblastosis Fetalis, Kernicterus, Hydrops Fetalis, Rh Isoimmunization

Rh Incompatibility | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Symptoms associated with Rh incompatibility in a fetus include:

  • a decrease in fetal growth
  • decrease in movement of the fetus
  • small lungs, kidneys, and brain
  • stillbirth
  • Symptoms of Rh incompatibility in a newborn include:

  • jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes from high levels of bilirubin
  • paleness of the baby's skin
  • an enlarged liver and spleen
  • petechiae, or a rash that looks like little bruises
  • swelling of the tissues
  • difficulty breathing, causing grunting and rubbing noises in the lungs
  • neurological damage, such as a decreased ability to hear, see, and feel
  • seizures
  • poor muscle tone, decreased movement, and poor reflexes
  • heart problems, including heart murmurs and swelling of the heart
  • high-pitched cry
  • poor sucking ability

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    Rh Incompatibility: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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