Sep

18

2021

Are direct antiglobulin test (DAT) and Coombs test the same thing?

By William Aird

Yes. In some centers, the DAT (direct antiglobulin test) has largely replaced the term Coombs test. Coombs test was named after Robin Coombs, a British immunologist who developed the principle behind the antiglobulin test while travelling back to Cambridge on a wartime train.