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An indirect Coombs test can be used to determine whether there are antibodies to the Rh factor in the mother's blood. In this case:
If test results show that antibody amounts are increasing during pregnancy, the fetus may be at greater risk of harm.
A fetus who is Rh-negative will not be harmed, even if the mother is sensitized.
Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family MedicineFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC, FACOG - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive EndocrinologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal MedicineWilliam M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal MedicineKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Current as of: September 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC, FACOG - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine & William M. Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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