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February 1927


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From the Pediatric Department of the Salt Lake County Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(2):226-229. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130140046006

Severe anemia in the new-born is remarkably uncommon, a fact which has become more apparent lately, for in spite of the recent interest in the study of the blood of new-born infants, few such cases have been reported (Ecklin,1 Donnally,2 Susstrunk,3 and Sanford4). The most frequent causes of anemia at this age are probably hemorrhage, acute infections and syphilis. The hemolytic and familial forms of icterus, while associated with an anemia secondary to the more prominent symptom of jaundice, are uncommon. The same may be said for the anemia found in congenital dropsy. During pregnancy, acute infections, chronic infections (such as syphilis and tuberculosis), cardiovascular renal disease, anemia, overwork and the taking of hemolytic drugs may affect the blood of the fetus, while repeated pregnancies and abortions may act in the same way. The offspring of such mothers are more frequently weakly, and at birth may