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Transfus Med Hemother. 2009;36(3):189-198. Epub 2009 May 14.

Prenatal RhD Testing: A Review of Studies Published from 2006 to 2008.

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  • 1Department of Transfusion Medicine, University Medical Center, Göttingen, Germany.


The availability of noninvasive prenatal diagnosis for the fetal RhD status (NIPD RhD) is an obvious benefit for alloimmunized pregnant women. This review gives information about the performance characteristics of current diagnostic technologies and recent promising proof-of-principle studies. Notably, during the past 3 years almost twice as much samples have been investigated with NIPD RhD compared with the studies from 1998 to 2005. Thus we have now a lot more information compared with the knowledge before 2006. There is no doubt that funding of the SAFE Network of Excellence (2004-2009) from the European Commission within the framework 6 program has massively increased the worldwide experience in NIPD RhD. In 2009 European funding has been stopped. Because of this large investment from public funding sources, it is now the duty of policy makers (scientific boards, patient groups, physician organizations, and health assurances) to discuss if targeted antenatal Rh prophylaxis should be introduced in German-speaking countries or which additional data are required to make a decision and how these additional studies should be funded.

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