rhesus disease

Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to rhesus disease: erythroblastosis fetalis, rhesus factor

rhe·sus dis·ease

sensitization of the mother during pregnancy to Rh factor in fetal blood, leading to erythroblastosis fetalis.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and Rhesus disease of the newborn: Incidence and impairment estimates for 2010 at regional and global levels.
Lynne had been told during her two earlier pregnancies that her rare blood group -AB negative - meant she was at risk of Rhesus disease if her children did not share her negative blood type.
Rhesus disease is where a pregnant woman develops antibodies that can pass across the placenta and destroy her baby's blood cells.
Rhesus disease is rare because 85 per cent of people are Rh-positive.
Rhesus disease happens when the mother's blood is incompatible with her unborn baby's.
Prof Finn's abiding interest was in immunology and he became famous for the prevention of rhesus disease in new-born babies.
Rhesus disease occurs in about one in 100 cases of pregnant women, with Rhesus-negative mothers having babies with Rhesus-positive blood.
The condition, known as rhesus disease, affects one in 1,500 pregnant women and causes the baby to become anaemic which can lead to heart disease and death.
The injection is used now to reduce the risk of babies in future pregnancies developing potentially fatal rhesus disease.
"He had developed rhesus disease so he "He had developed rhesus disease so he had to have phototherapy treatment in a cot had to have phototherapy treatment in a cot beside my bed." beside my bed."
In Liverpool, research on rhesus disease in the new-born has saved countless babies' lives."
In his blood plasma is the cure for Rhesus disease - which can cause severe anemia, resulting in brain damage or even death.