EMA Binding Assay


Test Information

Test Name

EMA Binding Assay

Synonyms

Hereditory spherocytosis screening; Osmotic fragility; Red cell fragility

Preferred Specimen

EDTA (Whole blood) x 1 from patient; EDTA (Whole blood) x 5 from control patients

Testing Location

Referral


Collection Information

Main Lab Only

Yes

Availability

Appointment required, Monday - Wednesday collection only for Bay of Plenty region.

Preparation

  • Contact Waikato Hospital Laboratory 24 hours prior to collection (07 839 8726 ext 8462)

Collect:

  • 1x EDTA from patient
  • 5x EDTA from control patients required at approximately the same time (without hereditary spherocytosis); label these 5 samples as "Normal" (NO PATIENT ID)

Forward all samples to lab ASAP.


Processing Information

Registration Code

EMAB

Notes

  • URGENT REQUEST
  • DO NOT centrifuge
  • DO NOT share sample
  • Notify Cell Markers, Haematology department at Waikato Hospital Laboratory (07 839 8726 ext 8462)

Site Specific Notes

- Waikato

Refer patient to Waikato Hospital Laboratory

- Taupo

Refer patient to Waikato Hospital Laboratory


Methodology

Sample Storage

Refrigerated

Contact Information

laura.yau@pathlab.co.nz

External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Notes

Referring laboratories must provide five 4ml EDTA 'normal' blood samples which are collected at a similar time to the patient sample and transported along with the sample.

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