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Severe haemolytic anaemia in pregnancy in nigerians treated with prednisolone

Br Med J 1969; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5681.461 (Published 22 November 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;4:461
  1. A. F. Fleming,
  2. N. C. Allan

    Abstract

    Haemolytic anaemia of obscure aetiology is a common complication of pregnancy in Nigeria. Treatment with antimalarials and folic acid is usually followed by a rapid remission, but response is slow in about 25% of patients and haemolysis continues uncontrolled in about 5%. The administration of prednisolone to six patients with uncontrolled haemolysis was followed by rapid recovery in five and possible benefit in one. Risks of prednisolone therapy to the mother appear to be slight and outweighed by the risks of continued severe anaemia and frequent blood transfusions. There seemed to be no appreciable increase of fetal loss compared with that in anaemic pregnancies not treated with prednisolone.