Red blood cell alloimmunization among recipients of blood transfusion in India: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Shamee Shastry, Deepika Chenna, Abhishekh Basavarajegowda, Soumya Das, Rajendra K. Chaudhary

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Background and Objectives: There is a varied prevalence of red cell alloimmunization being reported from different parts of India. This study aimed to estimate the overall prevalence of alloimmunization in India by performing a systematic review of the literature and to establish the most suitable antigen-matching strategy to reduce the red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization rate among transfusion recipients. Materials and Methods: A systematic search of all the original articles published in English on RBC alloimmunization among transfusion recipients from India in MEDLINE, SCOPUS, CINAHL and Google Scholar bibliographic databases was conducted. After screening the articles as per inclusion/exclusion criteria, data extraction was done independently by two sets of investigators. Meta-analysis was performed by the binary random-effects model using the restricted maximum likelihood method. Results: A total of 44 studies on RBC alloimmunization, with a cumulative sample size of 309,986 patients, were grouped into hospital-based and multiply-transfused patients, which yielded a prevalence of 0.5 (95% confidence interval; 0.3–0.8) and 4.8 (95% confidence interval; 3.9–5.7) per 100 patients, respectively. As many as 1992 alloantibodies were identified among the 1846 alloimmunized patients. The most common antibody identified was anti-E (127; 31.99%), followed by anti-c (75; 18.89%) in multiply-transfused patients. Conclusion: The rate of alloimmunization was 0.5 per 100 patients tested for antibodies and 4.8 per 100 patients receiving transfusion. Considering E- and c-antigen-matched red cells along with ABO and RhD matching may significantly reduce the overall occurrence of alloimmunization among Indian population who are transfusion-dependent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1069
Number of pages13
JournalVox Sanguinis
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 09-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology


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