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December 1948

A MISCONCEPTION CONCERNING THE Rh FACTOR AND THE INTERRUPTION OF PREGNANCY

Author Affiliations

RICHMOND, VA.
From the Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Pathology, Medical College of Virginia.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(6):689-693. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030704009
Abstract

PRESENT DAY knowledge of the Rh factor has created many problems. An example is the advisability of interrupting a pregnancy. This question arises in those Rh-negative women who have had previous erythroblastotic babies and whose husbands have been shown to be homozygous for the factor Rh. Within the past year we have seen 2 cases, both of which illustrate the fact that serologic results in such cases must be cautiously interpreted and carefully checked.

REPORT OF CASES  Case 1.—Mrs. M. G., a 31 year old white woman, para II, gravida III, was referred to the Laboratory of the Medical College of Virginia at approximately four and a half months' gestation. Her previous history revealed that she was delivered of a normal female child in 1938 and of a full term erythroblastotic infant in 1945. The latter lived three days. At this time, March 1947, she was found to be Rh

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