Detection of a new weak A blood-group allele (Aw11)

A. Pruss, G. A. Heymann, J. Braun, H. H. Kiesewetter, A. Salama

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Background and Objectives: Weak ABO variants may escape tests using unlicensed sera. Materials and Methods: Prior to transfusion, ABO grouping was performed using an automated system and in-house diluted sera, and manual and bedside test techniques. Genotyping and sequencing were performed using standard methods. Results: Initially, the red blood cells (RBC) of the first-time blood donor were typed as B, but pretransfusion testing carried out using the bedside test indicated the presence of an additional A phenotype. Serological re-examination confirmed the bedside test results, and the allele in question was identified, by genotyping, as a new weak A variant (Aw11). Conclusions: The use of CE-marked and licensed antisera is recommended to avoid ABO mistyping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
JournalVox Sanguinis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Bedside test
  • PCR
  • Sequencing
  • Transfusion reaction
  • Weak ABO allele

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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