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False Positive Immunological Assay Caused by Human Anti-Animal Antibodies (HAMA, HARA or HAGA)

Purpose:

To evaluate a patient for anti-animal antibodies that are causing a false positive test result.

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

A00-B99

Description:

Many tests use antibodies developed in non-human species (mouse, rabbit, goat, other). A human with an antibody to that species may have a false positive assay. Unfortunately this may not be recognized, and the patient may undergo unnecessary surgery or testing.

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