Diagnostic Approach To Anemia In The Newborn

Figure 2-4 is a flowchart of the investigation of anemia in the newborn and stresses the importance of the Coombs' test, the reticulocyte count, the mean corpuscular volume (MCV), and the blood smear as key investigative tools in elucidating the cause of the anemia. Table 2-6 lists the clinical and laboratory evaluations required in anemia in the newborn.

Positive —^ Isoimmunization (ABO, Rh, minor blood group, e.g., Kell)

Positive —^ Isoimmunization (ABO, Rh, minor blood group, e.g., Kell)

Normal or elevated

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