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Laboratory Medicine

Test Directory / Kleihauer

Kleihauer

EDTA x 1 (Pink Top) from mother and EDTA x 1 from baby (cord) (Pink Top) and EDTA x 1 from mother (Purple Top)

TestKleihauer
Common Abbreviations
Specimen typeBlood
Sample typeBlood
Tube typeEDTA x 1 (Blue Top) from mother and EDTA x 1 from baby (cord) (Blue Top) and EDTA x 1 from mother (Red Top)
Minimum volume *4.9 ml 4.9 ml 3 ml
Special precautions
Stability**up to 72 hrs
Turnaround timesWithin 48 hours – usually 6 hours
LaboratoryYork and Scarborough
Reference interval
LimitationsA Kleihauer test is a prerequisite for all Anti-D prophylaxis after the 20th week of pregnancy. Haemolysis and lipaemia may affect results
** For paediatric patients, smaller volumes (approximately 1 ml) are acceptable – please contact the laboratory for further advice if necessary.
**** Largely dependent on patients serological status and recent transfusion history
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