McKinsey Goodenberger, M.S. C.G.C., a Mayo Clinic Genetic Counselor, provides an overview of the tests available for prenatal diagnosis. From FISH to molecular studies, she discusses the appropriate specimen types, the time required for analysis, and the level of information provided by the various tests.
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When ordering serum platelet antibody testing, it is important to understand the type of antibody that will be informative for the specific situation. When assessing a patient for an autoantibody, an antibody that recognizes self-antigens, it is important to order the cell-bound antibody test. This testing is appropriate for autoimmune causes of thrombocytopenia. When assessing a patient for an alloantibody, an antibody that binds to non-self-antigens (foreign antigens), it is important to order the platelet antibody test. This testing is appropriate for cases of alloimmune thrombocytopenia.
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