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  • Overview of Blood and Blood Components

    Overview of Blood and Blood Components Click Image to Enlarge What is blood? Blood is the life-maintaining fluid that circulates through: Heart Arteries Veins Capillaries Brain Rest of the body What ...

  • Polycythemia

    Polycythemia What is polycythemia? Polycythemia is a condition in which there are too many red blood cells in the blood circulation. It is the opposite of anemia, which results from too few red blood...

  • Hypoglycemia in the Newborn

    Hypoglycemia in the Newborn What is hypoglycemia in the newborn? Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the amount of blood glucose (sugar) in the blood is lower than normal. Who is affected by hypogly...

  • Hyperbilirubinemia and Jaundice

    Hyperbilirubinemia and Jaundice What is hyperbilirubinemia? Hyperbilirubinemia is a condition in which there is too much bilirubin in the blood. When red blood cells break down, a substance called bi...

  • Thrombocytopenia

    Thrombocytopenia What is thrombocytopenia? Thrombocytopenia is a condition in which there are too few platelets--the cells produced in the bone marrow that are needed for clotting. What causes thromb...

  • Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn

    Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn What is hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN)? Hemolytic disease of the newborn is also called erythroblastosis fetalis. This condition occurs when there is an incom...

  • Hydrops Fetalis

    Hydrops Fetalis What is hydrops fetalis? Hydrops fetalis is a severe, life-threatening problem of severe edema (swelling) in the fetus and newborn. It is also called hydrops. There are two types of h...

  • Hypocalcemia

    Hypocalcemia What is hypocalcemia? Hypocalcemia is a condition in which there is too little calcium in the blood. A common form of hypocalcemia in babies is called neonatal hypocalcemia. This conditi...

  • Blood Types in Pregnancy

    Blood Types in Pregnancy About blood types Every person has a blood type, (O, A, B, or AB) and an Rh factor, either positive or negative. The blood type and the Rh factor simply mean that a person's ...