What is the role of a blood typing in the workup of abruptio placentae?

Updated: Nov 30, 2018
  • Author: Shad H Deering, MD; Chief Editor: Carl V Smith, MD  more...
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The patient should have her blood typed and at least 2 units of packed red blood cells crossmatched in the event she requires a transfusion. 

The blood Rh type is important to determine, because patients who are Rh-negative require Rh immune globulin to prevent isoimmunization, which could affect future pregnancies.


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