Case Study B5 - Case Discussion - Answer (Question 5)

What can cause antibody levels to drop in a patient experiencing a delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction?

temporary decrease in antibody level occurs at the time of a 2o response. The decrease occurs when antibody attaches to transfused red cells and the transfused cells adsorb ("mop up")  the patient's antibody.

Eventually antibody levels rise as the patient produces more and more antibody.

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