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Platelets vs. blood vessels: what causes bleeding in fetuses and newborns with FNAIT?

What is this research about?

Research from Canadian Blood Services has transformed understanding of a severe bleeding disorder in fetuses and newborns. Fetal and Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia, also called FNAIT, affects about 1 in 1000 live births. FNAIT can be lifethreatening. Intracranial (within the skull) bleeds are a major risk and occur in about 10 to 20 per cent of FNAIT cases. These can lead to brain damage, death, and loss of the fetus.

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