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A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what does an elavated ptt mean and why do you need an hematology/oncologist for that?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 52 years experience
Clarify?: We need more history. Are you taking blood thinning medicines like heparin? I hope you do not have high platelet count. Give us the details of your CBC and platelets and also the names of the medicines you take, we can then help you address your issues better.
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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 36 years experience
Many causes: Ptt is a screening test that tests for the status of multiple coagulation factors in blood. There are a variety of reasons for prolonged PTT results. Typically, the possibilities are addressed by hematologists and can be due to factor deficiencies (acquired or genetic) or to inhibitors. Some factor deficiencies (xi, ix, viii) identified by PTT prolongation cause bleeding. Some (xii) do not.
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Dr. Marinely Cruz-amy
20 years experience
PTT: An elevated PTT can be an imdication that you are at risk of bleeding easily or something is interfering with your coagulation factors. That is why you need a hematologist, for evalution of why your PTT is high
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