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Coombs Test (Overview)

Coombs serum is an antibody directed against other antibodies that makes antibody-coated red cells stick together. The direct Coombs test seeks antibodies on a patient's own red cells that may be causing red cell damage and perhaps anemia. The indirect Coombs test is used in blood banking to determine what antigens are present on unknown red cells by seeing what antibodies they bind.


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Hi my Coombs test is positive what I have to do? What is the next step?

Hi my Coombs test is positive what I have to do? What is the next step?

Let me explain: The direct coombs test is used to test for autoimmune hemolytic anemia; ie, a condition of a low count of red blood cells (aka rbcs) caused by immune system lysis or breaking of rbc membranes causing rbc destruction. Follow hematologist direction for the treatment and precautions. ...Read more

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Coombs Test (Overview)

Coombs serum is an antibody directed against other antibodies that makes antibody-coated red cells stick together. The direct Coombs test seeks antibodies on a patient's own red cells that may be causing red cell damage and perhaps anemia. The indirect Coombs test is used in blood banking to determine what antigens are present on unknown red cells by seeing what antibodies they bind.


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Why can't you donate plasma with an abnormal indirect Coombs test result?

Why can't you donate plasma with an abnormal indirect Coombs test result?

Antibody to red cell: A person with positive indirect coombs test has antibodies to red cells. If such plasma is transfused into a person, s/he could suffer loss of her/his own red cells. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Coombs test?

What is the definition or description of: Coombs test?

Red cell antibodies: Coombs serum is an antibody directed against other antibodies that makes antibody-coated red cells stick together. The direct coombs test seeks antibodies on a patient's own red cells that may be causing red cell damage and perhaps anemia. The indirect coombs test is used in blood banking to determine what antigens are present on unknown red cells by seeing what antibodies they bind. ...Read more

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Hi my Coombs test is positive what I have to do? What is the next step?

Let me explain: The direct coombs test is used to test for autoimmune hemolytic anemia; ie, a condition of a low count of red blood cells (aka rbcs) caused by immune system lysis or breaking of rbc membranes causing rbc destruction. Follow hematologist direction for the treatment and precautions. ...Read more

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What is the indirect and direct Coombs test?

What is the indirect and direct Coombs test?

RBC antibodies: These tests are used to detect antibodies against red blood cells (rbcs). The direct coombs test is used in autoimmune hemolytic anemia. That's when your antibodies attack & destroy you own rbcs. The indirect test is used to detect potential transfusion reactions & in pregnancy especially for rh incompatibility when mom is rh- & fetus is rh+. For a more complete explanation see wikipedia. ...Read more

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S there difference between indirect and direct Coombs test?

Lena Caron Dr. Caron
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S there difference between indirect and direct Coombs test?

Yes: The direct coombs test is typically used to test for autoimmune hemolytic anemia, a disorder involving destruction of red blood cells. It determines whether or not antibodies are present on the surface of the patient's rbcs. The indirect coombs test is typically used to test for blood type compatibility prior to a transfusion, and detects the presence of antibodies in the serum of the patient. ...Read more

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I am rh- and my boy friend is rh- so will my babys indirect Coombs test came back positive?

I am rh- and my boy friend is rh- so will my babys indirect Coombs test came back positive?

Baby is also Rh- : Your baby will also be rh-. Because rh- is recessive to rh+ you and your boyfriend both have two rh- genes. Your haplotype is rh-/rh- and your phenotype rh- and so is his. You and he can only give rh- genes to your babies. All of your babies with this father will be rh-/rh-. Don't sweat it. ...Read more

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What are the differences between direct Coombs test and indirect Coombs test?

Both test Ag-Ab rxns: Direct Coombs will test for the reaction using the patient’s RBCs, if there is a reaction, then the direct test is positive, used to test for autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Indirect Coombs test uses the patient’s serum (not rbcs) which is added to rbcs that are known to have a certain antigenicity, positive in cases of hemolytic diseases of the newborn, mother's serum against baby's RBCs, ...Read more

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What is the difference between the direct Coombs test and indirect Coombs test?

What is the difference between the direct Coombs test and indirect Coombs test?

Bound vs unbound ABs: Direct coombs' test is used to detect antibodies that are already bound to the surface of red blood cells. Many diseases and drugs (quinidine, methyldopa, and procainamide) can lead to production of these antibodies indirect coombs' test looks for unbound circulating antibodies against a series of standardized red blood cells. The indirect coombs' test is only rarely used to diagnose a condition. ...Read more