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Rhesus factor disease

Rhesus disease is a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby's blood cells.
Symptoms of rhesus disease
Rhesus disease only affects the baby. It does not cause any symptoms for the mother.
Causes of rhesus disease
Rhesus disease is caused by a specific mix of blood types between a pregnant mother and her unborn baby.
Diagnosing rhesus disease
The routine screening tests offered while you're pregnant can usually determine if your baby is at risk of rhesus disease.
Treating rhesus disease
Treatment for rhesus disease depends on how severe the condition is. In more severe cases, treatment may need to begin before the baby is born.
Complications of rhesus disease
Although rhesus disease is rare and most cases are successfully treated, there are some risks to both unborn and newborn babies.
Preventing rhesus disease
Rhesus disease can largely be avoided by having an injection of a medication called anti-D immunoglobulin.