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RBC Antibody Screen

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Also known as: Indirect Antiglobulin Test; IAT; Indirect Coombs Test; Indirect Anti-human Globulin Test; Antibody Screen
Formal name: Red Blood Cell Antibody Screen
Related tests: Direct Antiglobulin Test; Blood Typing; RBC Antibody Identification; Type and Screen; Crossmatch

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