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Incidence of Rhesus isoimmunization in Rhesus-negative mothers in Ramadi, Iraq, in the mid-1990s.

Author(s): al-Joudi FS, Ahmed al-Salih SA

Affiliation(s): Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Al-Anbar University, Ramadi, Iraq.

Publication date & source: 2000-09, East Mediterr Health J., 6(5-6):1122-5.

Publication type: Review

This work was carried out in Ramadi, Iraq over the period 1993 to 1997. Of 487 rhesus (Rh)-negative mothers tested and followed up, 172 were primigravida, 1.7% of whom were Rh-isoimmunized. The frequency of isoimmunization increased with increasing number of pregnancies (4.9% for second pregnancies to 45.4% for fifth pregnancies). Comparison of our results with other earlier studies shows that the incidence of Rh-isoimmunization in our study was considerably greater than the others.

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