D-Dimer, Plasma

1 Day(s)

Reference Range

D-Dimer is a byproduct of fibrinolysis; it is a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is degraded. D-dimer testing is of clinical use when there is a suspicion of DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis), which causes swelling, pain, and tissue damage, or PE (Pulmonary Embolism). In patients suspected of DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation), d-dimers may also aid in the diagnosis, and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. HIGH levels of D-dimers are indicative of excessive fibrinolysis, i.e. abnormally active coagulation (ex: DIC), but it may also be due to a recent surgery, trauma, or infection. Elevated levels are also seen with liver disease, pregnancy, eclampsia, heart disease, and some cancers.

Special Requirements

Centrifuge within one hour of collection. Transport under ice.

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