What are the methods of Rhesus (Rh) typing?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Victoria K Gonsorcik, DO; Chief Editor: Jun Teruya, MD, DSc, FCAP  more...
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Manual agglutination testing was the main methodology used for ABO/Rh typing for many years. However, during the 1980s, automated testing methodology was introduced, including column agglutination and solid phase test systems. The following testing descriptions are adapted from Methods, section 2, of Westhoff C. ABO, H, and Lewis blood groups and structurally related antigens and methods. In: Roback J, Coombs MR, Grossman B, Hillyer C, eds. Technical Manual. 16th ed. Bethesda, MD: American Association of Blood Banks (AABB); 2008. [3]

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