ABO antibody titers are not predictive of hemolytic reactions due to plasma-incompatible platelet transfusions

Matthew KarafinWilliam J Savage


The overall risk of hemolytic transfusion reactions (HTRs) from plasma (minor)-incompatible platelet (PLT) transfusions and the role of a critical anti-A or anti-B titer in predicting and preventing these reactions has not been clearly established. We evaluated all apheresis PLT (AP) transfusions for 3 months. Using the gel titer method, we determined the anti-A and/or the anti-B immunoglobulin (Ig)G titer for all incompatible APs. Reported febrile transfusion reactions and HTRs were recorded; transfusions were not prospectively evaluated by the study team. A posttransfusion direct antiglobulin test (DAT) and eluate were performed after a reported febrile or hemolytic reaction for patients who received plasma-incompatible APs. A total of 647 of 4288 AP transfusions (15.1%) were plasma incompatible. Group O APs (n = 278) had significantly higher anti-A and anti-B titers than group A or B APs (p < 0.0001). No group A or B APs had a titer of more than 128 (0/342). For group O APs, 73 had titers of 256 or greater (26.3%), and 27 had titers of 512 or greater (9.7%). No HTRs were reported to any plasma-incompatible AP transfusion during the study period. Two plasma-incompatible AP transfusions were associated with fever and chills an...Continue Reading


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