How are samples collected for D-dimer testing?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019
  • Author: Reka G Szigeti, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric B Staros, MD  more...
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Serum, plasma (with sodium citrate anticoagulant, 3.2%)

Blood is obtained with routine venipuncture. A citrate-containing tube must be properly filled and mixed via inversion. It is transported to the laboratory within 3 hours. If this is not possible, the plasma is separated with centrifugation, frozen, and transported to the laboratory on dry ice.

Panels: DIC

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