D-Dimer Levels Can Rule Out But Not Rule in Pulmonary Embolism in Postoperative Patients



D-Dimer Levels Can Rule Out But Not Rule in Pulmonary Embolism in Postoperative Patients


Hari Nathan MD



D-dimer is a degradation product of cross-linked fibrin. A normal level of d-dimer is typically less than 500 ng/mL. In a patient with pulmonary embolism (PE), deep venous thrombosis (DVT), or other clot burden, elevated d-dimer levels reflect the body’s endogenous fibrinolysis. Inaddition, d-dimer levels may also be raised in myocardial infarction, pneumonia, sepsis, and cancer; during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy; and after surgery. Elevated d-dimer levels may persist up to 3 months after surgery.

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Jul 1, 2016 | Posted by in ANESTHESIA | Comments Off on D-Dimer Levels Can Rule Out But Not Rule in Pulmonary Embolism in Postoperative Patients
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