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D-dimer elevated to 8.45 (0-.5). Went to ER for a ct and d-dimer was normal. What can cause the level to change that fast?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
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In brief: D-Dimer is nonspecif

The D-Dimer, while sensitive, is not sspecific.
It's used as a screening test for venous blood clots (DVT/PE) but it isn't diagnostic. U need confirmatory tests like the CT scan. D-Dimers is an "acute phase reactant" & increases in bleeding, infections, inflammation, & other nonspecific conditions aside from blood clots. Those conditions can change rather rapidly. So TTYD about what it means. Than

In brief: D-Dimer is nonspecif

The D-Dimer, while sensitive, is not sspecific.
It's used as a screening test for venous blood clots (DVT/PE) but it isn't diagnostic. U need confirmatory tests like the CT scan. D-Dimers is an "acute phase reactant" & increases in bleeding, infections, inflammation, & other nonspecific conditions aside from blood clots. Those conditions can change rather rapidly. So TTYD about what it means. Than
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