The blood is sent to a lab where tests are done to measure the products that are left behind when blood clots dissolve.
How to Prepare for the Test
You may need to stop taking some medicines before the test. Drugs that may increase FDPs include barbiturates, heparin, streptokinase, and urokinase.
Do not stop taking any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
How the Test will Feel
You may feel slight pain or a sting when the needle is inserted to draw blood. There may be some throbbing afterward.
Why the Test is Performed
This test is done to see if your clot-dissolving (fibrinolytic) system is working properly. Your doctor may order this test if you have signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) or another clot-dissolving disorder.
The result is normally less than 10 micrograms per milliliter (mcg/mL).
Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
The example above shows the common measurements for results for these tests. Some laboratories use different measurements or may test different specimens.
There is very little risk involved with having your blood taken. Veins and arteries vary in size so it may be harder to take a blood sample from one person than another.
Other slight risks from having blood drawn may include:
Fainting or feeling light-headed
Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)
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Levi M. Disseminated intravascular coagulation. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr, Silberstein LE, Heslop HE, Weitz JI, eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:chap 128.