Case Study 1 - Case Study # 1 Chapters 17, 20

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Case Study # 1 Chapters 17, 20 1. Why would there be cause for concern if a young pregnant mother is Rh negative and  her husband is Rh positive and this is their second child? With the second pregnancy if the mother is not treated for blocking the Rh+ antigen  during the pregnancy then the mother’s “antibodies will cross through the placenta  and destroy the baby’s RBCs, producing a condition known as hemolytic disease of  the newborn, or erythroblastosis.”  These conditions cause the baby to become  anemic and hypoxic, causing brain damage or even death.   There is however a way to “fix” this.  A blood transfusion can be done  before  birth  replacing the fetus’ blood with Rh- blood; this supplies the baby with more  erythrocytes for the oxygen transport during development.  Then after birth one or two  more transfusions are done.  After about 6 weeks, the baby’s body has replaced the  Rh- blood and replaced it with its own Rh+.  2. A person complains of no energy, a chronic sore throat, a low-grade fever, and is tire  and achy. His doctor notes an enlarged spleen upon examination. What diagnosis would you 
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2011 for the course BIO 216 taught by Professor Amirafshar during the Spring '11 term at Mountain State.

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Case Study 1 - Case Study # 1 Chapters 17, 20

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