What is the role of coagulation studies in the workup of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Coagulation studies may reveal a coagulopathy and are useful when fibrinolytics or anticoagulants are to be used. In patients who are not taking anticoagulants or antithrombotics and in whom there is no suspicion for coagulation abnormality, administration of rt-PA should not be delayed while awaiting laboratory results.

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