Identification of RHD alleles with the potential of anti-D immunization among seemingly D- blood donors in Upper Austria.

BACKGROUND Aberrant RHD alleles leading to a reduced expression of D antigen on the red blood cell (RBC) surface may be mistyped as D- by serology. To quantify the occurrence of weak D, DEL, and D+/- chimera among apparent D- first-time blood donors, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening was implemented as a routine service. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A… CONTINUE READING