Rhesus conflict between mother and fetus


  • Blood group and Rh factor
  • Rh antibodies
  • If it turns out that the woman Rh-negative
  • Prevention of hypersensitivity - sensitization

  • Blood group and Rh factor

    Every woman from a young age should know theirblood group and Rh factor. According to statistics, approximately 15-20% of the female population has Rh-negative blood factor. Rh (rhesus or antigen) - a protein which may be present on the surface of red blood cells (blood cells, carrying oxygen to the tissues). About 85% of people have the Rh factor and, accordingly, are Rh-positive. The remaining 15% who do not, - Rh-negative.

    The threat of Rhesus-conflict during pregnancy is caused by a combination of two factors: (1) female rhesus negative and the father of a child - Rhesus positive; (2)
    fetus inherits from his father's gene for a rhesus positive, ie,
    unborn child Rh-positive. In this case, the expectant
    the mother can begin education protivorezusnyh antibodies. AT
    if both parents are Rh-negative, not threat of conflict
    there (the child is bound to be Rh-negative). Also
    the threat of a conflict does not exist, if the woman is Rh-positive
    (Rh affiliation father and child do not matter). Besides, in
    the case of an Rh-negative mother and Rh-positive father has
    a small chance that the fetus will inherit from both parents
    genes for Rh negative and Rh-conflict does not arise.

    Rh antibodies

    Rh antibodies - is
    compounds of the protein structure, which are produced in breast
    body in response to entering the Rh positive red blood cells therein
    fetus (the immune system of the future mother perceives these as the red blood cells
    Alien). Upon detection of circulating mother Rh antibodies obstetrics
    diagnoses: Rh sensitization. This happens when
    artificial or spontaneous abortion uterine or ectopic
    pregnancy. Rh antibodies can also occur after the first birth,
    if the baby is born Rh positive (during birth the baby's blood
    mother enters the bloodstream, causing a corresponding reaction).
    Sensitization of Rh-negative women are also available at
    transfusions of Rh-incompatible blood (even if such transfusion
    conducted in early childhood).
    The process of immunization
    pregnant woman starts with the formation of the Rh antigens
    the red blood cells of the fetus. Since Rh antigens contained in the blood system
    fetal 7-8 weeks of pregnancy, the earliest possible in some cases
    sensitization of the mother's body. However, in most
    The first cases of pregnancy in Rh-negative women (with
    absence last sensitization) occurs without
    The risk of rhesus sensitization increases with
    subsequent pregnancies, especially in the case of the first interrupt
    pregnancy, bleeding during the first pregnancy, with manual
    placenta, and if labor performed by caesarean section
    or are accompanied by significant blood loss. This is explained by
    when these complications is high probability of getting large
    the number of Rh-positive red blood cells in the maternal blood stream and how
    result - the formation of a large amount of Rh antibodies. Besides,
    at the first pregnancy the expectant mother's immune system encounters
    Rh-positive red blood cells of the fetus for the first time. Therefore, antibodies
    It is produced not so much: about as much as you need to
    destruction of the blood entering the fetus erythrocytes mother. Besides,
    these antibodies are immunoglobulin class M, having great
    size and does not penetrate through the placenta to the fetus.
    Rhesus conflict between mother and fetusBut after giving birth to
    a woman's body are the "memory cells" that in future
    pregnancies will be able to "organize" a rapid and potent antibody production
    against the Rh factor. It will have a different type of antibody -
    immunoglobulin class G, which are smaller than
    immunoglobulins M, and hence easier to penetrate the placenta and
    They are more aggressive. Therefore, the reaction of the female immune system
    Rh antigen on the fetus during the second and third pregnancy much
    operational and stiffer than the first. Accordingly, the above risk

    According to
    Medical literature pregnancy after the first immunization there
    10% of women. If a woman with Rh-negative blood escaped
    Rh-immunization after the first pregnancy, the next
    pregnancy, Rh-positive fetus probability of re-immunization
    It is 10%.

    Healthy future
    mother Rh sensitization is not harmful, but it can be
    danger to the child. Once in the bloodstream of the fetus, Rh antibodies
    destroy its red blood cells, causing anemia (decreased hemoglobin)
    intoxication, disruption of vital organs and systems. this
    a condition called hemolytic disease (hemolysis - the destruction of red blood cells).

    The disintegration of red blood cells leads to kidney damage and fetal brain.
    Since red blood cells continuously destroyed his liver and spleen
    try to accelerate the production of new red blood cells, thus increasing in
    sizes. In the end, they can not cope. There comes a strong
    anoxia, and started a new round of heavy violations
    body of the child. In the most severe cases, it ends it
    fetal death at various stages of pregnancy, in the lighter
    Rhesus conflict occurs after birth jaundice or anemia
    newborn. Most often hemolytic disease developed rapidly in
    baby right after birth, which contributes to a large flow
    the amount of antibodies in the blood of a baby in violation of the integrity of the blood vessels

    Treatment of hemolytic disease
    complicated, complex, and sometimes the baby required exchange transfusion
    blood. The doctors injected him Rh-negative blood group and carry out his
    resuscitation. This operation must be carried out in
    within 36 hours after the child's birth.

    If it turns out that the woman Rh-negative

    important in addressing Rhesus conflict - its prevention.
    Determine the blood group and Rh factor preferably before pregnancy.
    If you are unable to do this before the pregnancy, the female
    consultation at the first summons spend determination Rhesus affiliation.
    If it turns out that the woman Rh-negative, her take on
    special account. All pregnant women with Rh-negative blood should
    regularly examined for the presence of Rh antibodies in the blood serum. at
    detection of antibodies necessary to apply to the specialized
    medical centers for further observation.

    arsenal's leading obstetric clinic has modern equipment,
    allowing to monitor the fetus and diagnose the extent
    the severity of hemolytic disease and conduct basic, if necessary
    Therapeutic measures - intrauterine blood transfusion (under control
    US through the abdominal wall of the mother get into the vein of the umbilical cord and
    fruit poured 20-50 ml of packed red cells). This operation improves
    the condition of the fetus and can prolong pregnancy.

    monitoring of pregnant women with Rh sensitization in specialized
    centers allows you to select the optimal timing and method of delivery.

    Prevention of hypersensitivity - sensitization

    role in the prevention of Rh sensitization given to family planning.
    The guarantee of a healthy baby from rhesus negative women (with
    the absence of prior sensitization by blood transfusions)
    It is to keep the first pregnancy.

    for prevention of Rh sensitization used drug
    domestic production - anti-Rhesus gamma globulin. This drug
    It destroys remaining after delivery of circulating Rh-positive mother
    fetal red blood cells, thereby not giving proper start
    maternal immune response (development of maternal protivorezusnyh
    antibodies). Introducing this drug must be after giving birth, if born
    Rh-positive baby; after artificial or spontaneous
    abortion; after the operation made in connection with
    ectopic pregnancy. It should be remembered that the efficiency of the
    the drug is largely due to the introduction of the terms: with an acceptable
    up to 72 hours is considered optimum for a period of not more than 2 hours after
    childbirth or surgical intervention listed above.

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