If your results show levels greater than normal, you may have to connect with your doctor to find out if you have a clotting disorder or any other medical condition.
Why is D-Dimer done?
D-dimer test is used to detect the presence of an inappropriate blood clot (thrombus). Some of the conditions that the D-dimer test is used to help rule out include:
-Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
-Pulmonary embolism (PE)
What does D-Dimer Measure?
D-dimer testing is usually ordered when someone goes to the hospital with symptoms such as chest pain and difficulty in breathing. A D-dimer test may be ordered when someone has symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, such as:
-Leg pain or tenderness, usually in one leg
-Leg swelling, edema
-Discoloration of the leg
This test may also be ordered when someone has symptoms of pulmonary embolism such as:
-Rapid heart rate
-Sudden shortness of breath, forced breathing
-Coughing hemoptysis (blood present in sputum)
-Lung-related chest pain
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