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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 answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

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.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. Craig MacArthur answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

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.

Answered 8/14/2020

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Dr. Marinely Cruz-amy answered

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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

Answered 7/2/2020

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