Intrapartum Management of Sickle Cell Anemia With Rare Antibody and Minimal Blood Availability

Aaron M. Dom, Rebecca Pollack, Nikki Koklanaris, Padmaja Veeramreddy, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo


Sickle cell disease (SCD) can pose serious maternal and fetal risk in pregnancy. Transfusion, both during and outside of pregnancy, can improve patient morbidity and mortality but carries risk of alloimmunization, complicating future management. This case describes a 29-year-old gravida 1, para 0 woman with sickle cell anemia and rare red blood cell alloantibody (anti-Rh46) who presented with severe vaso-occlusive crisis at 29 weeks with hemoglobin of 7.6 g/dL. Only one unit of compatible blood existed in the country. Planning for transfusion with least-incompatible blood was made. She ultimately underwent cesarean section at 31 weeks and 2 days for abnormal fetal testing. This case highlights that blood products should be utilized judiciously because their adverse effects, like alloimmunization, can increase patient morbidity and mortality.

J Med Cases. 2020;11(6):157-159


Intrapartum management; Rare antibody; Sickle cell disease; Pregnancy; Transfusion

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