D- dimer

When a blood clot breaks, a substance is released, which is called d-dimer. D-dimer test is performed to check for blood-clotting complications.

Complications for which it is indicated

This test is carried out for below complications

Deep vein thrombosis – In this condition a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis, or arms.

Pulmonary embolism – In this case the blood flow in an artery in the lung is suddenly blocked.

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) – In this condition the blood does not clot normally.