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What happens during a prothrombin time test?

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This test is a basic blood draw and takes just a few minutes. A lab tech will:

  • Clean the skin where the needle goes in
  • Wrap a rubber strap around your upper arm -- this creates pressure to make your veins swell with blood
  • Insert a thin needle into a vein, usually on the inside of your arm at your elbow or in the back of your hand
  • Draw the blood
  • Remove the rubber strap and put a bandage on your arm or hand

From: What Is a Prothrombin Time Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: Prothrombin Time,” “Blood Test: Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT).”

University of Rochester Medical School: “Prothrombin Time.”

Lab Tests Online: “Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prothrombin Time Test.”

National Hemophilia Foundation: “Von Willebrand Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: Prothrombin Time,” “Blood Test: Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT).”

University of Rochester Medical School: “Prothrombin Time.”

Lab Tests Online: “Prothrombin Time and International Normalized Ratio.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prothrombin Time Test.”

National Hemophilia Foundation: “Von Willebrand Disease.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 16, 2019

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