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RhE/e (RHCE) Antigen Genotyping
3002003
Ordering Recommendation

Assess risk for alloimmune hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) or hemolytic transfusion reaction due to RHCE*3 (E) or RHCE*5 (e) alloimmunization. May be ordered for parental or fetal genotyping.

Mnemonic
RHE GENO
Methodology
Polymerase Chain Reaction/Fluorescence Monitoring
Performed
Varies
Reported
3-10 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Fetal Genotyping: Amniotic fluid OR two T-25 flasks at 80 percent confluency of cultured amniocytes. If the client is unable to culture amniocytes, this can be arranged by contacting ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.
WITH Maternal Cell Contamination Specimen (see Note): Lavender (K2EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA), or Yellow (ACD Solution A or B).
Parental Genotyping:
Lavender (K2EDTA), Pink (K2EDTA). 
Specimen Preparation
Amniotic Fluid: Transport 10 mL unspun fluid. (Min: 5 mL)
Cultured Amniocytes:
Fill flasks with culture media. Transport two T-25 flasks at 80 percent confluency of cultured amniocytes filled with culture media. Backup cultures must be retained the client's institution until testing is complete.
Maternal Cell Contamination Specimen:
Transport 3 mL whole blood (Min: 1 mL)
Whole Blood (Parental Genotyping):
Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Amniotic fluid: Room temperature.
Cultured Amniocytes: CRITICAL ROOM TEMPERATURE.
Must be received within 48 hours of shipment due to liability of cells.
Whole Blood or Maternal Cell Contamination Specimen:
Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Plasma or serum. Specimens collected in sodium heparin tubes. 
Remarks
Patient History Form is available on the ARUP Web site or by contacting ARUP Client Services. 
Stability
Fetal Specimen: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: Unacceptable; Frozen: Unacceptable
Whole Blood or Maternal Cell Contamination Specimen:
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 month 
Reference Interval
By report
Interpretive Data
Background Information for RhE/e (RHCE) Antigen Genotyping
Characteristics:
Erythrocyte alloimmunization may result in hemolytic transfusion reactions or hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN).
E Antigen Frequency: 0.29 Caucasians, 0.22 African Americans, 0.39 Asians.
e Antigen Frequency: 0.98 Caucasians, 0.98 African Americans, 0.96 Asians.
Inheritance: Co-dominant.
Cause:
Antigen-antibody mediated red-cell hemolysis between donor/recipient or transferred maternal antibodies.
Polymorphism Tested: Rh blood group RHCE*3 (E), RHCE*5 (e): c.676G>C; p.Ala226Pro.
Clinical Sensitivity: 99 percent.
Methodology:
Immucor PreciseType™ HEA Molecular BeadChip which is FDA-approved for clinical testing.
Analytic Sensitivity and Specificity: 99 percent.
Limitations:
Bloody amniotic fluid samples may give false-negative results because of maternal cell contamination. Rare nucleotide changes leading to altered or partial antigen expression and null phenotypes are not detected by this assay. This assay is occasionally limited in predicting genotype due to extreme variation in the Rh locus. False-negative Rhe predictions may result due to RHCE-D-CE fusion genes. Patients who have had hematopoietic stem cell transplants may have inconclusive results on this test. Abnormal signal intensities may result in indeterminate genotyping results.

For quality assurance purposes, ARUP Laboratories will confirm the above result at no charge following delivery. Order Confirmation of Fetal Testing and include a copy of the original fetal report (or the mother's name and date of birth) with the test submission. Please contact an ARUP genetic counselor at (800) 242-2787 extension 2141 prior to specimen submission.

Note
Maternal specimen is recommended for proper test interpretation if contamination of the fetal specimen from the mother is suspected. Order Maternal Cell Contamination.
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Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
3002019RHE GENO Specimen31208-2
3002020RhEe Genotype48030-1
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Aliases
  • RHCE genotyping