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Alpha-thalassaemic hydrops fetalis.
  1. E M Bryan,
  2. B Chaimongkol,
  3. D A Harris


    Concentrations of total protein, albumin, colloid osmotic pressure, and immunoglobulins G and M were measured in the umbilical venous plasma of 4 infants with alpha-thalassaemic hydrops fetalis. Total protein, albumin, and colloid osmotic pressure concentrations were low, and these are likely to contributory factors in the formation of fetal oedema. Immunoglobulin G levels were low suggesting a reduction in placental transfer probably due to placental oedema.

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