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Hemolytic Disease in Children

  • Hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN), also called erythroblastosis fetalis, is a blood disorder that occurs when the blood types of a mother and baby are incompatible. Our Blood Disorders Center provides comprehensive treatment and management of HDN.

    • HDN is relatively uncommon, affecting approximately 4,000 babies a year in the United States.
    • It is more likely to occur during a mother’s second or subsequent pregnancy.
    • There are two causes, Rh incompatibility and ABO incompatibility.
    • HDN due to Rh incompatibility occurs more frequently.
    • HDN can be treated during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
    • It is very preventable.

    Our patients with Hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) are treated through the Blood Disorders Center at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric hematology and oncology partnership between Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital.

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