18
Jan
11

I’m Just Curious

I mentioned in an earlier post that Rh Negative blood was only discovered in 1940 by Alexander Weiner.  This discovery led to the understanding of erythroblastosis fetalis, the potentially life threatening disorder of an Rh positive infant born to an Rh negative mother.   In the mid 1940’s Dr. Weiner devised a treatment by means of a complete exchange transfusion replacing the damaged Rh positive blood of the newborn with Rh negative blood.   This treatment led to the significant decline in the rate of infant mortality.

RhoGAM was not available to the public until 1968.  In the intervening 20+ years between between the mid 1940’s and 1968, the complete exchange transfusion was used on infants with this life threatening blood disorder.

I wonder if any of these individuals who had this transfusion as an infant are reading this blog?  These people were born Rh positive and were completely transfused with Rh negative blood.  Do they have Rh negative attributes as mentioned in many sites on the web?  Are they continually searching for answers as are the majority of us Rh negatives? 

Are any of you reading this?  If so, I’d love to hear your comments.  Thanks very much.

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1 Response to “I’m Just Curious”


  1. May 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Hi! I stumbled onto your post after posting something on erythroblastosis fetalis myself. I don’t know if this will help in assuaging your curiosity, but the PubMed article does state a rare complication of exchange transfusions. Here’s the link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6414449


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