A 35-year-old male asked:
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Could 3 small bruises cause an elevated d-dimer? Also, online info says vitamin C supplementation can affect PPT results. Would they be high or low?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience in Preventive Medicine
Bruises: don't cause elevations of d-Dimer. Typically no significant clots are actually formed in bruises....there is extravasation/leakage of blood into surrounding tissues with no clot. d-Dimer is released with clots begin to normally dissolve. I don't believe the evidence that coincident vitamin C intake causes an increase in d-Dimer is very convincing and would not worry about vitamin C interfering.
Answered on May 2, 2016
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