What is the difference between type and screen and type and cross testing for Rhesus (Rh) groups?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Victoria K Gonsorcik, DO; Chief Editor: Jun Teruya, MD, DSc, FCAP  more...
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There is specific terminology involved in testing for Rh groups.

A "type and screen" includes the following tests:

  • ABO

  • Rh(D)

  • Antibody detection/identification

A "type and cross" includes the following tests:

  • ABO

  • Rh(D)

  • Antibody detection/identification

  • Compatible match with a donor unit


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