A Survey Of The Status Of Common Rhesus Phenotypes In Port Harcourt

  • CA Nwauche Department Of Haematology, University Of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt
  • OA Ejele Department Of Haematology, University Of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt
Keywords: Survey, Common, Rhesus, Phenotype, Port Harcourt

Abstract

AIM:To generate requisite data of the common Rhesus phenotypes that would assist in the provision of safe and efficient blood transfsion service in the Niger Delta.
METHOD:Random sampling of adult blood donors and pregnant women presenting to the UPTH using potent commercially prepared Rhesus antisera (Anti-CD,anti-DE,anti-C,anti-anti-c and anti-E).
RESULTS:65 samples (35 pregnant women and 30 blood donors) were screened .The commonest Rhesus phenotype was c(100%),followed by D,C,E with 95.38%,21.53% and 16.92%.The prevalence of Rh D negative in this study was also found to be 4.6%.
CONCLUSION:The finding that the c phenotype is the most common Rhesus phenotype is at variance with previous studies which indicate that the D phenotype is the most common subtype.This may be attributed to the small size of the sample poulation,increased inter-tribal marriages,rural-to-urban migration and the heterogeneous population of the cosmopolitan city of Port Harcourt.
Key words: Survey, Common, Rhesus, Phenotype, Port Harcourt
Highland Medical Research Journal Vol.2(1) 2004: 22-27
Published
2005-05-18
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