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Obstetric complications of Rh ?ve women discussed

IF EXPECTANT mothers with Rh ?ve blood group are not given anti-D treatment, the foetus may have some complications and in some cases it may even die, said president of Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of India (FOGSI) Dr Uday Thanewala said at a daylong seminar on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 00:17 IST

IF EXPECTANT mothers with Rh –ve blood group are not given anti-D treatment, the foetus may have some complications and in some cases it may even die, said president of Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Society of India (FOGSI) Dr Uday Thanewala said at a daylong seminar on Sunday.

“The expectant mothers with Rh –ve blood group should take a lot of precautions during pregnancy. Anti-D treatment is necessary both for the mother and the child. If not, the child can have jaundice or may even die inside the womb,” Dr Thanewala told a gathering of more than 100 gynaecologists from across the State at a seminar organised by Indore Obstetric and Gynaecological Society, a release said.

Society secretary Dr Mukta Jain spoke on the problems faced by mothers suffering from thyroid problems. “In such cases, it can either be a premature delivery or there are chances of abortions or the child may be born with mental problems,” Dr Jain said adding, screening of such mothers is of utmost importance.

The seminar also discussed a newly developed technique called foetal therapy wherein a yet-to-be born child of a mother suffering from thyroid complication can be treated even before its birth.

Another City-based gynaecologist Dr Shefali Jain spoke about the amniotic fluid surrounding the foetus inside a mother’s womb. “This fluid acts as a shock absorber for the foetus and in the absence of this fluid, a child may face some physical problems later or it may also die.

A panel discussion was also held during the seminar, which was addressed by sonologist Dr Sudhir Gokhale, paediatrician Dr Hemant Jain and endocrinologist Dr Sandeep Julka. Dr Mukta Jain conducted the programme, the release added.