Sporadic occurrence of Diego A antigens and antibodies in Berlin.

Abstract

BACKGROUND The antigen Dia is common among Mongols (5-12%), but rare in Caucasians (< 1%). OBJECTIVE The accidental discovery of Diego A (Dia) antibodies in a South American tourist and in an elderly German patient prompted us to investigate the frequency of Dia antigens in the German population. DESIGN 1,352 German random blood donors, all living in… (More)