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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Luh | 2007/12/11

Q.

High Heomoglobin

Hi Dr

My sister delivered a baby on the 08 December. initially the baby was on the incubator for a day because there said he was tired, and was ok the following day. her mother was given epidural during labour.
but now the are saying the baby is got high haemoglobin content of 22?
what does this mean and how can it be corected? what are the implications on his growth and development

I will appreciate you responce
Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is fairly common and is called polycythemia of the newborn. It is easily treated soon after birth and should have been treated then as the baby was sluggish and that is one of the main presenting symptoms. Polycythemia means an increase in the number of red blood cells in the baby's blood and is the opposite of anaemia. The baby is at risk because the increased numbers of red cells in his blood. This can interfere with the baby's circulation especially affecting organs such as the brain or kidneys. If his hemoglobin is still so high it is necessary to treat the polycythemia with a partial exchange transfusion. This treatment should be done by the baby's paediatrician.

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Posted by: YE YE | 2008/12/09

MY TEST JUST CAME BACK AND MY HEMOGLOBIN
IS 11300 PLEASE HELP

Reply to YE YE

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