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Fetal intracardiac transfusions in patients with severe rhesus isoimmunisation

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: (Published 26 March 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:885
  1. Magnus Westgren,
  2. Anders Selbing,
  3. Magnus Stangenberg


    Six patients with pregnancies of 19-31 weeks' duration showing evidence of erythroblastosis fetalis were treated with 25 fetal intracardiac blood transfusions. Complications related to the procedure occurred on five occasions in three patients. In two of the six patients the fetus died, but it was unlikely that death was related to the intracardiac transfusions.

    Fetal intracardiac blood transfusion may result in potentially severe complications but offers an alternative when transfusion cannot be performed into the umbilical cord.

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