The use of Rho(D) immune globulin in Rh-negative pregnant women has become standard of care, but many practicing clinicians do not know the dosing recommendations for this essential medication. In this article, we describe a case of a 15-year-old girl who presented with intrauterine fetal demise and was found to have massive fetomaternal hemorrhage. Kleihauer-Betke testing results indicated nearly 460 mL of fetal blood in the maternal circulation. The patient ultimately received 4800 µg of Rho(D) immune globulin, a dose that required close coordination with the obstetrical service and pharmacy. Although this is an unusual case of large-volume, potentially chronic, fetomaternal hemorrhage, it is also an excellent illustration of the principles for diagnosing this condition, as well as providing dosing guidelines for Rho(D) immunoglobulin to prevent alloimmunization.
- anti-D immunoglobulin
- Kleihauer-Betke test
- massive fetal-maternal hemorrhage
- Rh antigen
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