Method of Curtin et al for Estimating the Nucleated Red Blood Cell Count of a Newborn Infant at Birth Based on Histologic Examination of the Placenta


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The nucleated red blood cell (NRBC) count may be increased at birth in an infant with intrauterine fetal asphyxia. If a cord blood sample was not analyzed, an estimate of the number of NRBC present at birth can be made based on the number of seen within histologic sections of the placenta. The authors are from the University of Rochester, Toledo Children's Hospital and Medical College of Ohio.

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