Coombs’ test

Alternative Names

Direct antiglobulin test; Indirect antiglobulin test

Definition of Coombs’ test

The Coombs’ test looks for antibodies that may bind to your red blood cells and cause premature red blood cell destruction (hemolysis).

Review

Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 2/7/2010

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