Overview of Coombs Test - Indirect
What is Coombs Test - Indirect?
Preparation for Coombs Test - Indirect
- No special preparation required
Why Get Tested for Coombs Test - Indirect?
- 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
- For evaluation of hemolytic anemia
What Results of Coombs Test - Indirect mean?
Positive results for the Indirect Coombs test indicates that antibodies against one or more antigens being screened are present in the blood sample being tested. When tested positive in a pregnant woman, it indicates the presence of Rh antibody in the mother’s blood that may destroy the RBCs of the baby in some cases.