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HDN (haemolytic disease of the newborn)

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Haemolytic disease of the newborn is said to occur when haemolysis of a neonate's red blood cells that is most often caused by antibody from the mother - rhesus incompatibility or ABO incompatibility.

Other causes of haemolytic disease of the newborn include red blood cell metabolic disorders - for example, G-6-PD deficiency, pyruvate kinase deficiency and red cell morphology disorders - for example, hereditary spherocytosis, hereditary elliptocytosis.

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