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October 24, 1931

"'PANAGGLUTINABLE' ERYTHROCYTES"

JAMA. 1931;97(17):1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730170057032

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —I read with considerable interest your editorial on "'Panagglutinable' Erythrocytes" (The Journal, August 1, p. 323). Recently, in the examination of several specimens of menstrual blood, it was found that suspensions of the red blood corpuscles were agglutinated by serums of all four blood groups in nearly every case. In one case in which this did not occur, the menstrual blood was reexamined after having been kept in the icebox for two weeks and then was found to be markedly panagglutinable. The significance of this observation is that the vagina contains one or several organisms that can produce the Thomsen phenomenon.

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