Betke-Kleihauer test | definition of Betke-Kleihauer test by Medical dictionary
Bet·ke-Klei·hau·er test (bet'kĕ klī'how-ĕr),
a slide test for the presence of fetal red blood cells among those of the mother; hemoglobins other than Hb F are eluted from the red blood cells on an air-dried blood film by a buffer of pH 3.3.
Bet·ke-Klei·hau·er test (bet'kĕ klī'how-ĕr test)
A slide-based procedure for the presence of fetal red blood cells among maternal cells. The test is performed if a fetal-maternal hemorrhage is possible.
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After amniocentesis, 5-20% of patients have evidence of fetal-maternal hemorrhage as indicated by increases in maternal serum [alpha]-fetoprotein (1-5) or by the Betke-Kleihauer test (6-8).
The Betke-Kleihauer test and flow cytometry are widely used, but these tests have limited ability to detect fetal-maternal hemorrhage because of the rarity of fetal cells in the maternal circulation (10).