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Test Code LAB762 Kleihauer-Betke Fetal Hemoglobin, Blood

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Reporting Title

Kleihauer-Betke Fetal Hemoglobin


Acid Elution

Includes volume (mL) of fetal blood and number of vials of RhoGAM® required.

Used as a screening test for the detection of erythrocytes containing fetal hemoglobin in maternal blood; to determine RhoGAM® dosage.

Performing Laboratory

OhioHealth Laboratory Services-RMH Core Hematology

Specimen Requirements

Draw blood in a lavender-top (EDTA) tube(s), and send EDTA whole blood. Mix by gently inverting 8 times. Forward unprocessed whole blood refrigerated.


Sample Stability Information:

Stable 24 hours refrigerated

Specimen Transport Temperature

Refrigerate/Ambient NO/Frozen NO

Reference Values

0% fetal cells

0 mL bleed

Critical value bleed volume ≥50 mL  

Alerting category: Always called within 1 hour

Notify neonatologis and obstetrician


Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Test Classification and CPT Coding