D-dimer test is one way to find out a serious blood clot or monitoring blood clotting problems in the body.
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What is D-dimer?
D-Dimer Test – D-dimer is a protein fragment from the breakdown of a blood clot by fibrinolysis. The ‘D’ denotes to domain, and the dimer shows two identical units, D dimer means two identical domains. The presence of D dimer in the blood shows the process of blood clotting. D dimer is detected in a blood through monoclonal antibody. The D dimer also serves as a marker for pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis.
What is the D-dimer test?
D-dimer test measures the amount of D dimer in the blood, which is usually at extremely low levels and is hard to detect in the blood. If you test positive for this test, it means you have high levels of D dimer in the blood.
D-dimer test is one way to find out a serious blood clot or monitoring blood clotting problems in the body. D-dimer test along with other imaging tests plays a vital role in the diagnosis of thrombotic disorder; a positive test result shows thrombosis and other probable causes and negative test results rules out thrombosis. D dimer test also plays a significant role in the diagnosis of blood disorders as disseminated intravascular coagulation.
Why do D-dimer test?
D-dimer test is advised by the doctor if he/she suspects the individual of having blood clotting problems like
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Disseminated intravascular coagulation
The symptoms of blood clot are as follows;
- Leg swelling
- Leg pain
- Leg redness.
The symptoms of blood clot in the lungs are as follows;
- Trouble breathing
- Coughing with blood
- Rapid heartbeat
- Chest pain
D Dimer test result
If the D-dimer test results come positive, then it means that the individual has blood clots in the body and higher than normal D-dimer levels show to a significant amount of blood clot. A positive D-dimer test results, however, do not point out the location of the blood clot and other screening tests might be required. If D-dimer test results come negative, then it means there are no blood clots in the body.
D-dimer blood test
Note: D-Dimer Test Advised During And After COVID-19 Treatment And Part of Covid Panel Test
- Overnight fasting is not required
- Doctor’s prescription may be needed
- Previous Medical History May Be Required
- Inform your doctor prior to the test if you are on medications.
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