A tissue type test is more useful than a blood
type to see if two people may be related. Although tissue type cannot prove
that two people are related, it can show how likely it is that they are
related. Tissue type may be done as part of a lawsuit when blood relation is an
issue. For more information, see the topic
A genetic test looks at a
DNA sample for genes or to analyze the number,
arrangement, and characteristics of the chromosomes. For more information, see
Genetic Test or
Having an antigen
pattern that is linked with certain diseases does not mean that the disease is
present or will definitely develop. Your doctor will talk to you about the
chance for developing the disease.
A person who wishes to be a
possible tissue donor (such as a bone marrow donor) generally has a tissue type
test. The person's antigen pattern is kept on file in a tissue donor bank and
checked to see if it matches anyone needing a transplant.
registries of people who have had tissue typing done and who offer to be donors
to anyone in need.
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Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed.
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