MDCC3 - Clinical: Monospecific Direct Coombs C3, Blood

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: MDCC3    
Monospecific Direct Coombs C3, Blood

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Detecting complement bound to RBC


Investigation of hemolytic anemia

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Complement, in conjunction with IgM antibody, may be present on patient or donor (transfused) RBCs and may cause hemolysis. The antibody may be directed against self-antigens (autoimmune hemolysis), maternal antigens (hemolytic disease of the newborn), donor antigens (eg, alloimmune transfusion reaction), or drugs.


The presence of in vivo coating of RBC with complement can be demonstrated by the direct antiglobulin (Coombs) test.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.


If positive, reaction is graded (positive 1+ to 4+).

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

The presence or absence of red cell-bound complement is used in conjunction with other testing and clinical data to aid in the characterization of hemolysis as immune-mediated. Possible causes include autoimmune hemolytic anemia, drug-induced hemolysis, hemolytic disease of the newborn, and alloimmune reactions to recently transfused RBC.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

No significant cautionary statements.