oa South African Medical Journal - Observations on the kell-cellano (K-k) blood group system : with examples of anti-k and anti-k

Volume 26, Issue 48
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



An example of anti-Kell (anti-K) has been found in association with anti-Fya in a White male (Rus) who developed these two antibodies following repeated transfusions. The anti-K was isolated by differential absorption and was found to react with 9� 53% of 536 White South Africans and 0.6% of 500 South African Bantu. An example of anti-Cellano (anti-k) has been found in the serum of a Group 0 White female (Eley) who was in urgent need of transfusion. After an extensive search 5 compatible donors were found. Each of them was Kell positive, Cellano negative. From the available literature it appears that this is the third example of anti-Cellano (anti-k) to be reported. The blood relations of the propositus has been examined in 6 blood group systems, viz., A-B-O, Rh, M-N, P, K-k and Fy. No evidence of linkage was detected.

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