By Marcela Contreras
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The principles of management of HDN are similar regardless of the type of antibody involved, although the disease due to anti-K results in anaemia due to lack of mature red cells, rather than increased red cell destruction as the predominant clinical feature. Anti-K destroys red cell precursors, whereas Rh antibodies destroy mature red cells. During pregnancy small volumes of fetal red cells pass into the maternal circulation. This transplacental ‘leakage’ increases as gestation progresses. In the majority of RhD-negative women, an RhD-positive pregnancy does not stimulate the maternal immune system because the volume of red cells that crosses the placenta during pregnancy and at delivery is too low to be immunogenic, either because fetal red cells are rapidly cleared by the maternal mononuclear–phagocytic system or because the woman is a poor responder.
When the DAT is positive, the infant’s haemoglobin and bilirubin levels should be tested to diagnose HDN. Examining a blood film is useful in diagnosing ABO HDN. The treatment of mild to moderate HDN is phototherapy. Exchange transfusion is indicated for severe HDN and top-up transfusions are indicated if anaemia persists in the infant (see Chapter 7). The future The very significant reduction in the incidence and deaths due to HDN over the past 30–40 years is a result of both anti-D immunoprophylaxis and improved antenatal care and management of sick fetuses and infants.
Maternal IgG-1 and -3 anti-D can cross the placenta, enter the fetal circulation and destroy circulating RhD-positive fetal red cells. Approximately 16% of British white Caucasians are D negative. The D antigen is an integral membrane protein exclusively expressed on red cells and is very immunogenic. In people of European origin, anti-D is by far the commonest cause of HDN. Immunoprophylaxis Before immunoprophylaxis became available, the frequency of HDN in the UK was 1% of all births. 2 deaths per 1000 births in England and Wales.