This is an acid-elution cytochemical method of identifying individual cells containing fetal haemoglobin (HbF), even when present in only small quantities. It is able to provide information on the presence of fetal cells in the maternal circulation.
Fetal cell staining
Fetal-maternal bleed test
Foetal cell staining
Foetal-maternal bleed test
Please do not wait for the results of this test to administer 1 vial of RhD Immunogloblin to RhD negative mothers with RhD positive babies. The 1st vial of RhD immunoglobulin is effective for 72 hours before further dosage is recommended.
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
No foetal cells seen, occasional foetal cell seen or estimated foetal maternal haemorrhage (FMH) volume
Kleihauer Slide Test
$11.35 (Exclusive of GST)
FMH volume estimated from number of foetal cells counted per 2000 adult cells.
Test Availability: Mon - Fri, 0800 - 2400.
Turn around time: 12 hours.
UPDATED CLINICAL INDICATIONS FOR TESTING FOR RhD POSITIVE WOMEN:
Please note that, from Monday 21st August 2023:
- Testing will not be performed unless clinical details and the RhD status are clearly provided on the request form.
- Samples will be held for 72 hours post collection, so testing may be added should there be a change in the clinical picture.
- Guidelines remain unchanged for RhD negative women.
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