If You Don’t Know What D-Dimer Is–You Should!

D-Dimer is a quick, non-invasive blood test that measures substance released as a blood clot breaks up.

It is ordered by a physician along with other blood tests, and imaging scans to help rule out the presence of thrombus, abnormal or excess clotting. Frequently seen ordered if MD suspects DVT/PE or something else causing symptoms.

SX include:

DVT PE (Pulmonary Embolus)
Leg pain, calf tenderness Sudden Shortness of breath
Leg swelling/edema Labored breathing
Discoloration of the leg Chest pain
Rapid heart rate

D-Dimer is recommended as an adjunct test. It should not be the only test used to