Should we continue screening rhesus D positive women for the development of atypical antibodies in late pregnancy?

ArticleinJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 20(1):59-61 · February 2007with14 Reads
DOI: 10.1080/14767050601123317 · Source: PubMed
The purpose of this study was to calculate the incidence of the new development of atypical antibodies (other than anti-rhesus D) in women attending for antenatal care, and to assess the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of a second test to detect these antibodies. A three-year retrospective analysis was undertaken to calculate the number of rhesus positive women who developed new antibodies in the last trimester of pregnancy. Of 13,143 rhesus positive women, 20 (0.15%) developed new antibodies; fetal outcome was not compromised in any of these cases. Repeat testing in late pregnancy would appear an unnecessary expense in our population.
    • "This variation can be explained by the heterogeneity of the screening protocols, by the absence of an unequivocal definition of 'the presence of clinically relevant alloantibodies' and, most importantly, by the use of preselected high-risk study populations with an unknown relation to the general population of pregnant women. Population data are available from three regional studies in Sweden, one in Croatia and our studies in the Netherlands [7, 12, 80, 90]. These latter studies show a prevalence of 0Á15–0Á25% of alloimmunized pregnancies with a risk for HDFN (partner antigen positive) caused by a red cell antibody other than anti-D (non-D mediated). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Haemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN) is caused by maternal alloimmunization against red blood cell antigens. In severe cases, HDFN may lead to fetal anaemia with a risk for fetal death and to severe forms of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia with a risk for kernicterus. Most severe cases are caused by anti-D, despite the introduction of antental and postnatal anti-D immunoglobulin prophylaxis. In general, red blood cell antibody screening programmes are aimed to detect maternal alloimmunization early in pregnancy to facilitate the identification of high-risk cases to timely start antenatal and postnatal treatment. In this review, an overview of the clinical relevance of red cell alloantibodies in relation to occurrence of HDFN and recent views on prevention, screening and treatment options of HDFN are provided. © 2015 International Society of Blood Transfusion.
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    • "The overall incidence in our study is similar to 0·79% (213/26883) reported by Lee et al. and to 0·57% reported by Fibley et al. It is though, slight higher than The available data from other countries date back to 90s but it is interesting that the prevalence of maternal alloimmunisation in Greece in the past few years is still slightly higher than rates of alloimmunisation elsewhere in Europe and in North America over 15 years ago (Heddle et al., 1993; Filbey et al., 1995; Rothenberg et al., 1999; Lee et al., 2003; Adeniji et al., 2007). Of the 41 alloantibodies detected in 39 alloimmunised women, 37 alloantibodies (excluding 4 with anti-Lea specificity) were clinically significant and could cause HDFN. "
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