[Histonet] Re: Coombs test

Robert Richmond RSRICHMOND <@t> aol.com
Tue Mar 4 13:10:11 CST 2008

Kathy Cormier asks:

>>I was looking to run a Coombs Test for a Primate sample...<<

The Coombs test (direct antiglobulin test, DAT) looks for
agglutination of antibody-coated red cells by an agglutinating
antibody directed against the primary antibody that's on the patient's
red cells.

If the patient is a monkey, you cannot assume that an agglutinating
antibody against human immunoglobulin will produce a positive result.

If the patient is an Anglican bishop, you're probably OK.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist and occasional Episcopalian
Knoxville TN

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