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What does a D-Dimer test do?

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A D-dimer test is a blood test that can be used to help rule out the presence of a serious blood clot  It checks the level of D-dimer in your blood. You may also hear this test called: .

It can rule out other things that cause similar symptoms, like:

  • Fragment D-dimer test
  • Fibrin degradation fragment test
  • DVT, which may give you swelling, pain, or redness in your leg
  • Pulmonary embolism, or PE, a blood clot that has traveled to your lungs that may lead to trouble breathing, fast heartbeat, pain your chest, and coughing

From: What Is the D-Dimer Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer,” “Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation,” “Tips on Blood Testing.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “D-Dimer.”

National Stroke Association: “What Is Stroke?” “Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer,” “Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation,” “Tips on Blood Testing.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “D-Dimer.”

National Stroke Association: “What Is Stroke?” “Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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