DAT Results

DAT, short for Direct Antiglobulin Test, measures the levels of the antibodies attached to the red blood cells. It aims to help diagnose hemolytic disease of the newborn and the cause of hemolytic anemia.

Normal Result:

A normal test is negative. In other words, the antibodies do not stick to the red blood cells.

The Abnormal Result and Its Meaning:

An abnormal result is positive. It tells us that there are antibodies attached to the red blood cells. But it’s not specific for diagnosis. The location, the type and the cause remain unknown.


Keywords: DAT, Direct Anti-human Globulin Test, Direct Antiglobulin Test, Direct Coombs Test

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