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Glossary

Exchange transfusion


Removal of a person's blood in small amounts and its replacement with equal amounts of donor blood, especially exchange transfusion of the fetus (intrauterine exchange transfusion) or the newborn to treat erythroblastosis fetalis (or neonatorum) by removing the Rh and ABO antibodies and damaged red blood cells (erythrocytes) and substituting blood with normal oxygen-carrying capacity.