ABO Group

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Also known as: ABO Grouping

Abo Group

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The ABO Group test contains 1 test with 1 biomarker.

Brief Description: The ABO group test determines an individual's blood type based on the presence or absence of specific antigens on the surface of red blood cells. Blood type classification involves the ABO system, which includes four main blood types: A, B, AB, and O.

Also Known As: Blood group test, blood type test

Collection Method: Blood Draw

Specimen Type: Whole Blood

Test Preparation: No preparation required

When is ABO Group test ordered?

All donated blood undergoes ABO grouping and Rh typing. They're also used when someone needs a blood transfusion. The following conditions or circumstances may necessitate a transfusion:

  • Anemia that is severe, as well as anemia-causing illnesses such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia
  • During or after surgery when you have bleeding
  • Trauma or injury
  • Excessive blood loss 
  • Chemotherapy and  cancer
  • Hemophilia and similar bleeding disorders

When a woman becomes pregnant, she is tested to see if she is Rh negative or positive. Soon after birth, all newborn babies of Rh-negative mothers are tested for ABO and Rh to see if the mother need Rh immune globulin.

When an individual becomes a candidate to receive an organ, tissue, or bone marrow transplant, or when a person decides to become a donor, blood typing may be required. It's one of the first of several tests used to see if a possible donor and recipient are a good match.

Blood type is sometimes used as part of the process of determining whether or not someone is a blood relative.

What does an ABO group blood test check for?

The markers or antigens on the surface of red blood cells are used to determine blood types. The A and B antigens are two primary antigens or surface identifiers on human RBCs. Blood typing determines a person's ABO blood group by detecting the presence or absence of these antigens.

Blood group A is made up of people who have A antigens in their red blood cells, blood group B is made up of people who have B antigens in their red blood cells, blood group AB is made up of people who have both A and B antigens in their red blood cells, and blood group O is made up of people who don't have either of these markers.

Our bodies develop antibodies against antigens A and B that aren't found on our red blood cells. Anti-B antibodies are directed against the B antigens on red blood cells in people with blood type A, while anti-A antibodies are directed against the A antigens in people with blood type B. People with type AB blood do not have either of these antibodies, whereas people with type O blood do.

These antibodies are helpful in detecting a person's blood type and determining which blood kinds he or she can safely receive. If a person with antibodies directed against the B antigen, for example, is transfused with type B blood, his or her own antibodies will attack and kill the transfused red blood cells, resulting in serious and perhaps fatal consequences. As a result, matching a person's blood type to the blood that will be transfused is crucial.

Antibodies to Rh are not created spontaneously, unlike antibodies to A and B antigens. That is, Rh antibodies form only when a person without Rh factor on their red blood cells is exposed to Rh positive red blood cells. When a Rh-negative mother is pregnant with a Rh-positive kid, or when a Rh-negative individual is transfused with Rh-positive blood, this might happen during pregnancy or birth. In either instance, the first encounter to the Rh antigen may not trigger a robust immune response to Rh positive cells, but subsequent exposures may result in severe reactions.

Lab tests often ordered with an ABO Group test:

When an ABO Group test is ordered, it's often part of a broader evaluation related to transfusion medicine, surgery, or certain medical conditions. Here are some tests commonly ordered alongside it:

  1. Rh Type (RhD Antigen):

    • Purpose: To determine the presence or absence of the RhD antigen on the red blood cells.
    • Why Is It Ordered: Along with ABO blood grouping, Rh typing is crucial for safe blood transfusions and is important during pregnancy to assess the risk of hemolytic disease of the newborn.
  2. Complete Blood Count (CBC):

    • Purpose: To evaluate overall blood health, including red and white blood cells, and platelets.
    • Why Is It Ordered: To assess the recipient's baseline blood counts before transfusion or surgery and to diagnose conditions that might require transfusion.
  3. Direct Antiglobulin Test (Direct Coombs Test):

    • Purpose: To detect antibodies attached to red blood cells.
    • Why Is It Ordered: To diagnose hemolytic anemia or check for immune-mediated reactions to transfused blood.
  4. Antibody Screening:

    • Purpose: To detect the presence of other red blood cell antibodies beyond ABO and RhD.
    • Why Is It Ordered: To identify individuals at risk for reactions to specific blood group antigens and to ensure compatibility for transfusion.
  5. Reticulocyte Count:

    • Purpose: To measure the number of young red blood cells (reticulocytes) in the blood.
    • Why Is It Ordered: To evaluate bone marrow function and the body’s response to anemia or red blood cell loss.
  6. Blood Typing and Screening in Pregnancy:

    • Purpose: To determine the blood type of pregnant women and screen for antibodies that could affect the fetus.
    • Why Is It Ordered: To prevent and manage hemolytic disease of the newborn, especially in Rh-negative mothers.
  7. Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Typing (in some cases):

    • Purpose: To identify specific antigens on white blood cells.
    • Why Is It Ordered: HLA typing is important in organ transplantation and some forms of transfusion (like platelets and granulocytes) to ensure compatibility.

These tests, when ordered alongside an ABO Group test, provide a comprehensive assessment for safe blood transfusion, organ transplantation, and managing certain medical conditions. They are crucial for preventing adverse reactions and ensuring compatibility between donors and recipients. The specific combination of tests will depend on the individual’s medical situation, such as whether they are receiving a transfusion, undergoing surgery, or pregnant.

Conditions where an ABO Group test is recommended:

An ABO group test is crucial in the following situations:

  • Blood Transfusions: Ensures compatibility between donor and recipient blood types to prevent transfusion reactions.
  • Pregnancy: Determines the Rh compatibility between mother and fetus, which is crucial to prevent hemolytic disease of the newborn.

How does my health care provider use an ABO Group test?

Blood typing is used to determine a person's blood group, whether they are blood group A, B, AB, or O.

Blood typing can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Ensure that the blood type of a person who needs a blood transfusion or blood components is compatible with the ABO types of the unit of blood that will be transfused. To establish what type of blood or blood components a person can safely receive, blood typing is frequently used in conjunction with other tests such as an RBC antibody screen and a crossmatch. If a unit of blood carrying an ABO antigen to which the blood recipient has an antibody is transfused to the recipient, a potentially deadly transfusion response can result. People with blood group O, for example, have anti-A and anti-B antibodies in their blood. If this person receives a unit of blood from group A, B, or AB, the antibodies in the recipient's blood will react with the red blood cells, killing them and perhaps causing major consequences.
  • At a collection center, determine the blood group of potential blood donors. Donor blood units are blood typed and appropriately labeled so that they can be used for people who require a specific ABO group.
  • As part of the workup for a transplant surgery, determine the blood group of possible donors and recipients of organs, tissues, or bone marrow. ABO blood type is used in conjunction with HLA testing to identify and match organ and tissue donors with recipients who have the same or a sufficient number of matching HLA genes and antigens.

What do my ABO Group test results mean?

Blood typing determines if a person is type A, B, AB, or O. The results will inform the healthcare provider about whether blood or blood components are safe to provide to the patient.

Donated blood typing is significant because it allows health care providers to determine whether patients are compatible with the blood and may safely receive it.

When a donated organ, tissue, or bone marrow is compatible with the intended recipient, it is less likely to be rejected immediately after transplantation.

Common Questions About the ABO Group test:

Understanding the Basics of the ABO Group Test

What is the ABO Group test, and why is it performed?

The ABO Group test is a blood test used to determine a person's blood type within the ABO blood group system. This information is essential for blood transfusions, organ transplants, pregnancy care, and some medical procedures, ensuring compatibility and minimizing adverse reactions.

What are the different blood types identified in the ABO Group test?

The ABO Group test identifies four primary blood types: A, B, AB, and O.

Clinical Applications of the ABO Group Test

How is the ABO Group test used in blood transfusions?

The ABO Group test is vital in blood transfusions to match the donor's blood type with the recipient's. Incompatible blood types can lead to serious reactions, so ensuring a match is critical.

How does the ABO Group test support organ transplantation?

In organ transplantation, the ABO Group test helps match donors and recipients based on blood type compatibility. This reduces the risk of organ rejection and supports a successful transplant.

What role does the ABO Group test play in pregnancy care?

The ABO Group test is used in pregnancy to identify potential incompatibilities between the mother's and baby's blood types. This information guides care, particularly in the prevention and management of hemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN).

Interpretation and Implications of ABO Group Test Results

What are the implications of having a particular blood type in the ABO Group system?

Blood type in the ABO Group system may have various implications, including susceptibility to certain diseases, dietary considerations, and eligibility as a blood or organ donor.

How can a person's ABO blood type affect their ability to donate or receive organs or blood?

A person's ABO blood type determines their compatibility with donors and recipients. For example, type O- is a universal donor for blood, while type AB+ is a universal recipient. Knowing the ABO blood type is crucial for safe donations and transplants.

Methodological Aspects of the ABO Group Test

What factors could potentially interfere with the ABO Group test results?

Factors like recent transfusions, certain diseases, or specific medications may interfere with ABO Group test results. These factors should be considered when interpreting the results.

How often should the ABO Group test be repeated?

Generally, the ABO Group test doesn't need to be repeated once the blood type is established. However, it may be retested in specific clinical situations, like before a transplant, to ensure accuracy.

Emergency Use of the ABO Group Test

How is the ABO Group test utilized in emergency medical situations?

In emergencies like accidents or urgent surgeries, the ABO Group test quickly identifies the patient's blood type, ensuring compatible blood for immediate transfusion.

What is the importance of the ABO Group test in disaster management and relief efforts?

The ABO Group test plays a crucial role in disaster management by facilitating organized blood donation and transfusion efforts, ensuring that compatible blood is available to those in need.

Miscellaneous Aspects of the ABO Group Test

Can the ABO Group test be used for paternity testing?

While not definitive, the ABO Group test can provide some information in paternity testing. If a child's blood type is incompatible with the alleged parents' types, it may exclude paternity.

How are universal donors and universal recipients determined in the ABO Group test?

Type O- blood is considered universal donor in the ABO Group system, as it lacks A and B antigens. Conversely, type AB+ is the universal recipient, as it lacks antibodies against A, B, or Rh antigens.

How is the ABO Group test related to the Rh factor?

The ABO Group test often includes testing for the Rh factor (positive or negative), another important antigen in blood compatibility. This complete typing ensures safer transfusions and care during pregnancy.

What are the clinical consequences of ABO incompatibility in blood transfusions?

ABO incompatibility in blood transfusions can lead to serious reactions, including immune responses, kidney failure, and even death. Proper testing and matching are vital for safety.

How does the ABO Group test contribute to public health initiatives?

The ABO Group test supports public health by facilitating safe blood donation programs, community health screenings, and disaster relief efforts.

Is the ABO Group test included in routine health check-ups?

The ABO Group test is not typically part of routine check-ups but may be performed for specific reasons, such as preparing for surgery or pregnancy.

Can environmental factors affect the ABO Group test?

Environmental factors are unlikely to impact the ABO Group test itself, though they may influence blood characteristics, interpretation, or subsequent care.

How does the ABO Group test differ from other blood typing tests?

The ABO Group test focuses specifically on the ABO system, whereas other blood typing tests might include additional factors or antigens, such as Lewis or Kidd systems.

Is the ABO Group test necessary for all medical procedures involving blood?

Not all procedures require the ABO Group test, but it is necessary for any situation where blood compatibility is crucial, such as transfusions, organ transplants, or specific pregnancy care situations.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

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