A case of autoimmune hemolytic anemia with anti-D specificity in a 1-year-old child

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A case of autoimmune hemolytic anemia with anti-D specificity in a 1-year-old child

Rachel S. Bercovitz / Margaret Macy / Daniel R. Ambruso

Keywords : autoimmune hemolytic anemia, pediatrics, anti-D

Citation Information : Immunohematology. Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 15-18, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/immunohematology-2019-118

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Published Online: 01-December-2019

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Although antibodies to antigens in the Rh blood group system are common causes of warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia, specificity for only the D antigen is rare in autoimmune hemolysis in pediatric patients. This case reports an anti-D associated with severe hemolytic anemia (Hb = 2.1 g/dL) in a previously healthy 14-month-old child who presented with a 3-day history of low-grade fevers and vomiting. Because of his severe anemia, on admission to the hospital he was found to have altered mental status, metabolic acidosis, abnormal liver function tests, and a severe coagulopathy. He was successfully resuscitated with uncrossmatched units of group O, D– blood, and after corticosteroid therapy he had complete resolution of his anti-Dmediated hemolysis.

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