Thursday, March 31, 2011

Total Eclipse of the...Virus

Terminology can get a bit confusing when discussing different stages or "periods" of viral infections in relationship to transfusion-transmitted infections. I've tried to simplify some things in this post, to help you understand the differences between "windows" and "eclipses!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Perils of Poly(agglutination)

OK, here's one for all you immunohematology geeks out there (I say that with all admiration and respect, by the way)!

Not long ago, the immunohematology reference lab at the blood center where I work received a sample for a lectin workup from a patient suspected to have polyagglutination. The patient was a child, and had recently been diagnosed with sepsis secondary to Streptococcus pneumoniae. This situation led me to think about polyagglutination and summarize it for you.