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Pre op tests have detected k factor and nurse could not explain

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Pre op tests have detected k factor and nurse could not explain what it means.Can you please?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--can you give me the exact lab report about this and are you certain it said K factor?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sorry.It said Anti K.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Jacqui--now I understand. What kind of surgery are you going to have?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Revision hip replacement.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Anti K refers to an antibody in your blood that can bind to the Kell antigens that some other people may have in their blood and that would cause problems with red cell destruction if by chance you needed a transfusion during or after the surgery and were transfused with blood that contained the antigen. So it will just be important for the blood bank to make sure any blood put aside for possible transfusion for you is free of the Kell antigen.
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