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Doctor insights on: D Dimer Elevation In Pregnancy

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If you are on combined oral pill, will that make a 'd dimer' test positive like pregnancy does when you have a d dimer test done?

If you are on combined oral pill, will that make a 'd dimer' test positive like pregnancy does when you have a d dimer test done?

Usually not: Even though average D-dimer levels are higher in women on contraceptive pill, the results are still within normal levels. You may consult this site for more info: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=711883 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How long after pregnancy and C-section would a d dimer blood test show normal again?

4 weeks: From a recent study i read, it looks as if the majority of women are going to have a normalized d-dimer at 4 weeks postpartum regardless of ceserean or vaginal delivery. ...Read more

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7.5 weeks post partum and c section. Would a d dimer test come out normally or would itstill be elevated from pregnancy and surgery?

Several causes: It is possible that the D-Dimer is be normal, and it is possible that it is still elevated due to ongoing tissue healing since surgery. The D-Dimer is typically done to evaluate for a possible blood clot. However, it is commonly falsely high due to other reasons such as an underlying infection, inflammation such as arthritis, kidney problems, and heart problems. ...Read more

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I had an elevated D-dimer result of 464. I had an X-ray, CT and EKG done. All came back fine. What could cause this elevation and should I be worried?

I had an elevated D-dimer result of 464. I had an X-ray, CT and EKG done. All came back fine. What could cause this elevation and should I be worried?

Why all the tests?: I'm guessing you had chest pain and shortness of breath and they thought you had a blood clot to the lungs. The elevated d-dimmer indicates the presence of a clot but not location. Depending on how elevated your doc may start anti coagulation medication. If you are awake and online and under the care of a doctor there's probably not much to worry about. ...Read more

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D dimer .63, negative ultrasound of leg. Please explain WHY the test is elevated with NO other reasons for elevation. Should I ask for CT scan?

Unremarkable : First off there are multiple reasons for d dimer elevations other than a DVT or pe. Also- the number you quoted (63) to my knowledge is not considered to be a positive result for the test. Ct scan of the chest is a good test if you have suspicion for a pulmonary embolus or if you have a very hight risk score. If symptoms are minimal and risk is minimum then you are likely ok without a ct scan. ...Read more

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Hi, Following on from last question (darn 250 limit) Are there any correlation between D Dimer values and size of clot? I.e. the higher the D Dimer value the bigger the clot? Thanks

Loose correlation: There is probably some loose correlation. Problem is that there are just too many factors that could influence the production and consumption of the dimer. In general probably some ability to judge clot by numbers but nothing more precise than looking at clot size directly with ultrasound or angiography. ...Read more

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What is a ?D-dimer test?

What is a ?D-dimer test?

Thrombosis: The d-dimer is a fibrin degradation product (or fdp) which represents a small protein fragment in blood after a blood clot is broken down. The value can be used to test for clotting or thrombosis problems. However, a single value or a value in isolation should not be used. ...Read more

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Purpose of a d-dimer test?

Clotting disorders: D-dimer is a small protein fragment present in the blood after a blood clot is broken down by the naturally occurring process of clot breakdown, called fibrinolysis. D-dimer levels are determined by blood tests and elevations can be seen in conditions of blood clots, such as with deep vein thrombosis, with severe infections and with advanced liver disease (which normally clears d-dimer). ...Read more

D Dimer (Definition)

D-diner is a breakdown product from blood clots. It can be found elevated in certain conditions like pulmonary embolus (blood clot which travels to the lung) deep venous thrombosis (blood clot in deep vein of legs usually) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (diffuse clot formation from severe infection which ...Read more