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Hydrops fetalis due to ABO incompatibility
  1. Maura McDonnell,
  2. Simon Hannam,
  3. SP Devane
  1. Department of Child Health Kings College Hospital Denmark Hill London SE5 9RS
  1. Dr Simon Hannam.


Antenatal haemolysis in association with ABO incompatibility occurs very rarely. Two cases of hydrops fetalis in black infants caused by anti-B haemolysins are reported. The greater severity of ABO incompatibility in black African peoples may have important implications for antibody screening in this ethnic group.

  • ABO incompatibility
  • hydrops fetalis
  • black Africans

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