Serological investigation of autoimmune haemolytic anaemia
Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) is caused by autoantibody-induced haemolysis (the premature destruction of circulating red blood cells). Usually idiopathic, it is also associated with infection, lymphoproliferative disorders, autoimmune diseases, and some drugs.
Tests to determine the presence and specificity of a red cell autoantibody if AIHA is suspected.
Negative (ie. no evidence of autoimmune haemolytic anaemia).
|Sample & container required||EDTA (lavender top)|
|Sample volume||2 x 6 mL|
|Turnaround time||Dependent on clinical requirement. Contact the laboratory to discuss further.|
If autoimmune haemolytic anaemia is suspected, discuss with a haematologist and/or the Blood Transfusion department to guide investigation.