What is DCT?
The Direct Coombs test is a blood test which detects if you have antibodies in your blood that are making your immune system attack and ruin your own red blood cells. If present, antibodies against RBCs will target and destroy foreign RBCs acquired through blood transfusions, or those present in a fetus by the antibodies of the mother.
Why is DCT done?
- To screen the recipient of a blood transfusion before the transfusion is done
- To screen the mother’s blood for antigens that can target the RBCs of the newborn
- To detect type of anemia
- To diagnose hemolytic anemia and evaluate if it is caused by autoimmune disease or induced by drugs
Preparation for DCT
- No special preparation required
Sample Type for DCT
The sample type collected for Coombs Test - Direct is: Blood
The PNDT registered Genetic Laboratory & Genetic Counselling center at DNA Xperts is the first of its kind center in East Delhi to offer Genetic Testing & Genetic Counselling services. Genetic counseling is the process of determining the risk you have of passing on an inheritable genetic disease to your baby and hence is advised before or during pregnancy for couples.