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April 9, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(15):1209. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790150055024

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To the Editor.—  In the article on jaundice (The Journal, March 5) under section F, Icterus of the New-Born, No. 2, the grave form of icterus, erythroblastosis is not mentioned. A percentage of recoveries in this disease may be secured by transfusion. In these cases other causes of icterus neonatorum should be ruled out, and if this is done a percentage of cases is left that it is impossible to account for except on some other theory. Such a theory is that of erythroblastosis, which occurs in two types, the hydrops and the icteric. In the latter, the jaundice comes on early and is severe, but if transfusion is done early and repeated as needed a percentage of recoveries may be assured.

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