If the Rh factor surface protein is present on red blood cells, the blood is Rh _____ positive ______; if not, it is Rh ___ negative ______. Describe the cause and treatment of erythroblastosis fetalis- be specific There are two main causes of erythroblastosis fetalis: Rh incompatibility and ABO incompatibility. Rh incompatibility occurs when an Rh-negative mother is impregnated by an Rh-positive father. The result can be an Rh-positive baby. The mother’s blood cells attack the baby’s as a protective mechanism that can end up harming the child. ABO blood type incompatibility occurs when the mother’s blood type of A, B, or O is not compatible with the baby’s. A preventive treatment known as RhoGAM, or Rh immunoglobulin, can reduce the mother’s reaction to the baby’s Rh-positive blood cells. If a baby experiences erythroblastosis fetalis in the womb, they may be given intrauterine blood transfusions to reduce anemia. 8
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