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CASE REPORT
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 170-172

Naturally occurring anti M complicating ABO grouping


1 Royal Darwin Hospital, NT, Australia
2 Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Center, Olaya, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Safoorah Khalid
Department of Pathology, Royal Darwin Hospital, PO Box 41326, Casuarina, NT 0811
Australia
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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.77394

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Anti M is considered a naturally occurring antibody that is usually active at temperatures below 37°C and is thus of no clinical significance. This antibody, if present in an individual, can lead to a discrepancy between forward and reverse ABO grouping and thus creates diagnostic difficulties for blood bank staff. We report a case of a 58-year-old lady who had an unexpected reaction in reverse grouping due to anti M that posed a problem for us in the interpretation of results of her blood group. We also reviewed the literature to find out the significance of such discrepancy in blood grouping.


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