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D Dimer test in COVID? Normal range, Symptoms and Procedure

D Dimer test

D Dimer Test: A Blood test to measure the levels of D-Dimer concentration in blood
D-Dimer is a molecule that is produced in the body when there is an abnormal clot in the blood.

Why it is used in COVID

As COVID is Proven to cause widespread clotting, therefore to confirm/assess the presence of Clots in the blood it is carried out. The presence of clots is an alarming situation as it may block the blood flow to the organs resulting in organ failure.

Who Needs D-Dimer Test?

  • The patients who have¬†COVID-19
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Leg Pain
  • History of Recent Stroke

If you have more than one of the above problems, You should be tested for D Dimer.

D Dimer Normal Range: Less than 0.50 (mcg/ml)

High/Positive Result: Greater than 0.50 (mcg/ml)

High D Dimer Symptoms:

  • Pain, Redness or Swelling in the leg
  • Shortness of breath, Fast Heartbeat
  • Chest pain that may become worse when breathing in
  • Bloody Cough
  • Dizziness, Fainting
  • Sometimes there can be no symptoms

D Dimer Test Procedure

There is no need for fasting before the test.
The doctor will take a Regular blood sample from your vein, the blood collected will be sent to the lab for testing.

Conclusion

High D-Dimer means, there is a high chance that Clot(s) are floating around in your bloodstream.
You should consult your doctor as this can end up in an emergency.

Have a look at the Common Causes of Shortness of breath in children.

 

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