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Test Code 05F Fetal Cell Screening Test

Additional Codes


PowerChart: Fetal Screen


Specimen Requirement

Whole blood specimen is required.

Additional Specimen Collection Information

Collect blood in EDTA purple-top or lithium heparin green-top from the infant's mother. Plasma gel tubes are NOT acceptable.

Useful For

Determining whether a significant fetomaternal hemorrhage has occurred.


Testing is performed Monday through Sunday.

Routine orders: Typically completed within 4 hours after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

Expedite orders: Typically completed within 1 hour after the specimen arrives at the testing site.

STAT orders: Typically completed within 40 minutes after the specimen arrives at the testing site.


This test is performed routinely as part of the Rh(D) Immune Globulin Work-up.

CPT Code Information

85460 Coagulopathy Testing: Hemoglobin or RBCs, fetal, for fetomaternal hemorrhage; differential lysis (Kleihauer-Betke)

LOINC Code Information


Test Method

Antigen and Antibody Reaction; FetalCell Screening Tes (FetalScreen); Gamma Biologicals

Reference Values


Positive fetal cell screens are automatically quantitated with a fetal hemoglobin stain. See Fetal Hemoglogin (Kleihauer-Betke Test).