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    • By Jermin
      Hi All,
      We are about to move from using Bio-Rad IH-1000 to Immunocor NEO in our blood bank department. As most of you are already aware, the IH-1000 uses column agglutination technology (CAT), whereas the NEO uses Solid Phase Red Cell Adherence (SPRCA) assay. SPRCA is known to be more sensitive, which is great when picking up on elusive antibodies belonging to Kidd blood group system (I think ). My concern is about the techniques which employ the use of indicator cells that are coated with anti-IgG. It will only pick up on IgG antibodies and none of the IgM antibodies. How significant is this? Is there any way of picking up IgM antibodies using such technique? Or should we not worry since IgM antibody does not usually reaction at 37C?
    • By Jermin
      Hi All,
      I have a question, but firstly good old story time for some context. I came across a patient who had positive antibody screen on all three screening cells used (BioRad). I was concerned this may be an auto and pan-reactive, and required units. Performed a monospecific DAT, showing a positive reaction to IgG only. By this time antibody panel finished cooking and showed the patient may have anti-Fya , but couldn't do phenotype. By this time I was nearing my shift so handed it over to my colleague and asked for some units to be crossmatched. However, he refused as DAT was positive and said he rather send the sample to reference laboratory for them to crossmatch. The next day I crossmatched units to verify if it could have been done in our laboratory (just because I am sad that way), and turn out the unit I crossmatched was compatible (which I wasn't surprised about)
      Why does positive DAT (or the cause of positive DAT) sometimes interfere with IAT techniques (such as antibody panel and crossmatch) and sometimes it does not? If both use AHG, then wouldn't positive DAT with IgG cause antibody panels shows pan-reactive with red cells? But obviously it doesn't, but I'm trying to figure out why, and I'm sure the answer is quite obvious. 
      My laboratory seems very hesitant whenever they see anything regarding autoantibodies or positive DAT, and thinks that sample cannot be crossmatched in-house and needs to be sent off without even trying to investigate. Hopefully, by me asking this question, I can explain it back to my colleagues (but obviously take all the credit).
      Cheers in advance,
    • By Jermin
      Hi All,
      I was wondering if antibody titre is performed on a pregnant mother who previously had HDFN. According to the books, it mentions 'After the first affected pregnancy, the antibody titer is no longer useful'. Therefore does it mean that it doesn't matter what the antibody titre level is, and should be referred to fetal medicine specialist regardless? Or if there is more to this, I would be grateful for some enlightenment 
    • By BloodbankZ
      Okay so I was always taught to use the rule of 3, 3 positive reactions and 3 negative reactions for peforming an antibody ID. I was also taught to always use homozygous positive and negative cells whenever possible. Sometimes of course it is not due to low incident/high incident antigens. I do know you need to use a homozygous cell when performing "rule outs". What is everyone else's practices and thoughts as I need to clarify our current antibody identification policy. Thanks in advance.
    • By Desoki
      Dear My Colleagues,
      I am confused about which sample should be used in detection cold antibody, either allo or auto?
      Shall I use serum or plasma? Or both are suitable…
      My confusion arise from statement that, IgM depend on complement in its action and plasma has no complement….!!!!!
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