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what was the outcome?<br>
any false positives? what was the result of teh subsequent antibody screen?<br><br>
anyone have any info they can pass on? all the info i'm finding is discussing Rh- moms and i'm Rh+<br><br>
does it matter whehter ur Rh- or Rh+ and testing positive for antibodies? does it affect the baby or mother differently?
 

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Why did you have a Coombs test done anyways if you are Rh +?
 

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i didnt even know that test was done..it was just the routine blood work being done at the midwife's office..
 

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Is the baby's father RH - ? That could be why you were tested, its very rare but it could cause an incompatibly problem. I know a mom who's had the problem with 2 of her kids, she's RH + and DH is -.
 

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so what happened with her and her kids? do u have her email so i could contact her (if that's ok with her)?<br><br>
edited to add: dont know if dh is Rh- or Rh+ yet
 

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They both ended up needing blood transfusions if I remember right.<br><br>
ok, I looked up her post, you can find it on the ICAN list. Her kids had ABO blood type incompatibility, she was O+ and they were B+ and it caused a problem.
 

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I am Rh+ Bryce ended up Coombs+.<br><br>
I don't know why they tested for it. I hadn't even heard of it till they came in and told me. To be honest I have no idea what the results of any of his bloodwork was. I just know he had issues with jaundice. They didn't have to put him under the lights though and it resolved on its own. It took the 2 days to get his levels down.
 

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The direct Coombs' test is used to detect autoantibodies against your own red blood cells (RBCs). Many diseases and drugs (quinidine, methyldopa, and procainamide) can lead to production of these antibodies.<br>
These antibodies sometimes destroy red blood cells and cause anemia. This test is sometimes performed to diagnose the cause of anemia, jaundice, or abnormalities in the appearance of RBCs under the microscope.<br>
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No agglutination (the absence of clumping of cells) is normal.<br><br>
What abnormal results mean***<br><br>
A positive direct Coombs' test indicates antibodies against the red blood cells, which may indicate one of the following conditions:<br><br>
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia without another underlying cause<br><br>
Drug-induced hemolytic anemia (many drugs have been associated with this complication)<br><br>
Erythroblastosis fetalis (hemolytic disease of the newborn)<br><br>
Infectious mononucleosis<br><br>
Mycoplasmal infection<br><br>
Syphilis<br><br>
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia or other lymphoproliferative disorder<br><br>
Systemic lupus erythematosus or another rheumatologic condition<br><br>
Transfusion reaction, such as one due to improperly matched units of blood<br><br>
The test is also abnormal in some people without any clear cause, especially among the elderly. Up to 3% of people who are in the hospital without a known blood disorder will have an abnormal direct Coombs' test.
 

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I am guessing that this problem must be ABO incompatibility because a negative blood type will not induce antibody production in a positive person-- the blood type O negative is universal donor because nothing to react to
 

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well i paged my midwife to get the results and ......it's all negative ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
so it's good news, thank God.<br>
(even the coombs was a false positive<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: )
 
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