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What is the prothrombin time in a blood test?

What is the prothrombin time in a blood test?

Measures clot factor: This is a test that measures clotting factor activity. All these factors are synthesized in the liver, except factor viii, so this is also a check on the capability of the liver as well. If this is high, it can be from a deficiency or incabability of the factors or a liver failure issue, like cirrhosis, or a vitamin k deficiency from fat malabsorption. This shoud be worked-up dr.'s office. ...Read more

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Prothrombin Time (Definition)

Prothrombin time provides information regarding the extrinsic pathway involved in clot formation. It's commonly used ...Read more


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What does it mean if my prothrombin time blood test is high?

What does it mean if my prothrombin time blood test is high?

Blood clotting : Defective. Prolonged prothrombin time can be due to deficiency of a number of coagulation factors. A common cause it treatment with warfarin/coumdain. Liver disease is an other common reason for prolonged pt. Depending on the prolongation, the person may be at risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my prothrombin time blood test is high, compared to normal or low?

What does it mean when my prothrombin time blood test is high, compared to normal or low?

Can mean Vit K low.: If prothrombin time blood test is high, without other high levels, it can mean a vitamin k deficiency or warfarin use. Vitamin k helps in the function and viability of factors ii, vii, ix, and x and these affect prothrombin time. If there are other levels altered, it could be a factor v, or x deficiency, disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic), or liver failure. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Can you check Prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin by a simple blood test?

Can you check Prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin by a simple blood test?

Yes you can: It is a simple, common blood test. Some patients who need the test frequently can have home testing machines, too. ...Read more

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I noticed purple spot on my leg and i took blood test. My prothrombin level was 120 (normaly it must be 70-100) how can it effect on my health?

I noticed purple spot on my leg and i took blood test.  My prothrombin level was 120 (normaly it must be 70-100)  how can it effect on my health?

Not likely: Your "coumadin nurse" or whomever helps you keep range 70-100 should be consulted for advice. They will likely suggest you take 1/2 dose for one evening, as you are not very far from target range. ...Read more

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What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

Blood clotting: Thrombocytopenia means low level of blood plateletes. Prothrombin time is a test for extrinsic coagulation pathway that is initiated with factor vii. Vitamin k deficiency or use of Coumadin (warfarin) or liver function deficiency will prolong the prothrombin time, while several blood clotting diseases that affect intrinsic coagulation such as von willibrand or hemophila will not affect prothrombin time. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal prothrombin time test mean for you?

What does an abnormal prothrombin time test mean for you?

Abnormal clotting : An abnormal prothrombin time means that there is something wrong with your blood's ability to form clots and prevent bleeding. There are many conditions that result in such an abnormality, and you need to have your doctor figure out what the problem is based on other test findings and your symptoms. Sometimes you'll need a hematologist to consult if there is a chance of a serious bleeding problem. ...Read more

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What types of drugs an foods interfere with the coagulation test of prothrombin time?

What types of drugs an foods interfere with the coagulation test of prothrombin time?

Depends on : Circumstances. In a normal person, usual drugs and foods do not affect pt measurably. In patients on warfarin, foods both prolong pt, e.g., grapefruit, or shorten it, e.g., green leafy vegetables. Many drugs affect pt, e.g., birth control pills, isoniazid, anti-fungals, antibiotics, and many other drugs metabolized through cytochrome p450 system, and barbiturates and alcohol. ...Read more

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What do these tests do: clotting time, bleeding time, prothrombin time?

What do these tests do: clotting time, bleeding time, prothrombin time?

Screen: These are various assays to look for problems with the platelets (especially bleeding time) and some of the clotting factors (prothrombin time, the old-fashioned clotting time). Good luck with your workup. ...Read more

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