Kell blood group system


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Kell blood group system

A family of red blood cell ANTIGENS designated as the ALLOTYPES KK, Kk, kk and K-k-, believed to be on the short arm of chromosome 2. Antibodies to the K-antigen occur in about 10% of people in England and can cause red cell breakdown (haemolytic) transfusion reactions. The group system is next in importance to the ABO and rhesus systems and is named after a woman whose serum contained the antibodies.
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Prenatal typing of Rh and Kell blood group system antigens: the edge of a watershed.