5% were offering a qualitative D-dimer test
Diagnostic strategy using a modified clinical decision rule and D-dimer test
to rule out pulmonary embolism in elderly in-and outpatients.
Sensitivity of the D-dimer test
in detection of acute aortic dissection was found as 96.
2%) but high sensitivity, therefore a negative D-dimer test
excludes a DVT (negative predictive vale of 95%).
Bick continued: "Other achievements in 1998 included the development of Biopool's new Auto-Dimer(tm) and MiniQuant(tm) D-dimer test
- compatible with PATHFAST cant analyzer.
To safely exclude pulmonary embolism a D-dimer test
can be added to the clinical rule to refrain from further testing if both tests (rule + D-dimer assay) are negative.
A An article discussing the D-dimer test
in the diagnosis of venous thrombosis was recently published, and the reader is encouraged to study this review in order to maximize the usefulness of this test in the local laboratory.
This means the overall diagnostic accuracy of the information from patient history and physical exam can be substantially and significantly increased by addition of the D-dimer test
Diagnostic value of the D-dimer test
in deep vein thrombosis: improved results by a new assay and by using discriminate levels.
A D-dimer test
that can be carried out locally in general practice is the index test, and the reference test is the repeated radiological or ultrasonographic test carried out after referral to a hospital, in all study patients irrespective of and blinded to the results of the D-dimer index test.
The Triage D-Dimer Test
aids in the assessment and evaluation of patients suspected of having thromboembolic events, including pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which are common and potentially lethal conditions.