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The Coombs test looks for antibodies that bind to red blood cells and cause premature red blood cell destruction or haemolysis.
There are two types of Coombs tests, direct and indirect.
Direct Coombs tests are used to detect antibodies that are already bound to the surface of red blood cells. Many diseases and drugs such as methyldopa, quinidine and procainamide can lead to the production of these antibodies, which sometimes destroy red blood cells and cause anaemia.
A Direct Coombs test can also be used to diagnose the cause of anaemia or jaundice.
Indirect Coombs tests look for unbound circulating antibodies against a series of standardised red blood cells. The indirect Coombs' test is only rarely used to diagnose a medical condition, but is used to determine if a person may have a reaction to a blood transfusion.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Coombs blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Coombs test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Coombs test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Coombs test results.
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