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Foetomaternal haemorrhage causing severe anaemia in a neonate

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V. Arunath ,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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M. Y. N Mohamed,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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B. Thanshayan,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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V. G. Quienters,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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A. K. P. Ranaweera,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
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A. Weerawardena,

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
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M. N. Lucas

De Soysa Hospital for Women, Colombo 08, LK
About M. N.
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
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Abstract

Case report: A baby girl, born at term with a birth weight of 2165 grams by emergency caesarian section was pale and developed grunting at birth with oxygen saturation of 90% at 10 minutes. Haemoglobin on day 1 was 7.7g/dL. Blood film showed evidence of acute blood loss. Kleihauer–Betke test performed on mother’s blood was positive. Baby was transfused with packed red cells and started on haematinics.

 

Discussion: Foetomaternal haemmorhage occurs when fetal blood enters maternal circulation. It may be large enough to cause severe anemia in the neonatal period and should be considered while evaluating a neonate with anemia.
How to Cite: Arunath, V., Mohamed, M.Y.N., Thanshayan, B., Quienters, V.G., Ranaweera, A.K.P., Weerawardena, A. and Lucas, M.N., 2021. Foetomaternal haemorrhage causing severe anaemia in a neonate. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine, 30(2), pp.112–116. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljm.v30i2.270
Published on 30 Dec 2021.
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