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Chapter 17, Problem 20QP
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Blood Types Are Determined by Cell-Surface Antigens

How is Rh incompatibility involved in hemolytic disease of the newborn? Is the mother Rh+ or Rh? Is the fetus Rh+ or Rh? Why is a second child that is Rh+ more susceptible to attack from the mother’s immune system?

Summary Introduction

To determine: The way in which Rh incompatibility is involved in the hemolytic disease of a newborn.

Introduction: There are two types of Rh blood groups: Rh+ (have Rh antigen) and Rh- (do not have Rh antigen). Rh factor is a point of concern when the mother has Rh- and the fetus has Rh+ blood group. This condition can cause hemolytic disease of a newborn.

Explanation of Solution

The condition of hemolytic disease originates when the mother has Rh- antigen and the fetus has Rh+ antigen. In this case, the blood of fetus would mix with the mother’s blood. There would be the production of antibodies against th...

Summary Introduction

To determine: The Rh genotype of the mother in case of Rh incompatibility.

Introduction: There are two types of Rh blood groups: Rh+ (have Rh antigen) and Rh- (do not have Rh antigen). Rh factor is a point of concern when the mother has Rh- and the fetus has Rh+ blood group. This condition can cause hemolytic disease of a newborn.

Summary Introduction

To determine: The Rh genotype of the fetus in case of Rh incompatibility.

Introduction: There are two types of Rh blood groups: Rh+ (have Rh antigen) and Rh- (do not have Rh antigen). Rh factor is a point of concern when the mother has Rh- and the fetus has Rh+ blood group. This condition can cause hemolytic disease of the newborn.

Summary Introduction

To determine: The reason for the second child that has Rh+ antigen would be more susceptible to the attack from the mother’s immune system.

Introduction: There are two types of Rh blood groups: Rh+ (have Rh antigen) and Rh- (do not have Rh antigen). Rh factor is a point of concern when the mother has Rh- and the fetus has Rh+ blood group. This condition can cause hemolytic disease of the newborn.

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