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.