Drugs, MAHA

haemolytic anaemia

TORCH, toxoplasmosis, rubella, CMV, herpes simplex; DBA, Diamond-Blackfan anaemia;

CDA, congenital dyserythropoietic anaemia; Rh/ABO HDN, rhesus/ABO haemolytic disease

of the newborn; MAHA, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia.

Blood loss during delivery is common, in ~1% severe enough to produce anaemia. Infection is also a significant cause of anaemia; primary haemato-logical disorders are rare. Anaemia in premature infant is almost invariably present, induced and multifactorial. Jaundice arises in 90% healthy infants making interpretation of a raised bilirubin (ffl hyperbilirubinaemia, p444) a critical piece of the jigsaw when investigating an anaemic neonate.

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