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D-Dimer levels at different stages of pregnancy in Australian women: A single centre study using two different immunoturbidimetric assays.
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PMID:  22704076     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: To date there is minimal data available on D-Dimer levels at different stages of pregnancy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively measured D-Dimer levels in 632 consecutive pregnant women from March 2007 to January 2009. The median age of the participants was 31years (range; 18-42) with a median weight of 78 kilograms (range; 46-137). All subjects were investigated during each trimester with two different immunoturbidimetric assays; D-Dimer PLUS and INNOVANCE D-Dimer. D-Dimer levels were determined using a Sysmex® CA 1500 analyser. RESULTS: Our data demonstrate that D-Dimer levels in pregnancy show different patterns of rise within the first trimester, depending on the assay used; D-Dimer PLUS=0.88 (SD: mean ratio), INNOVANCE D-Dimer=0.72 (SD: mean ratio). Furthermore, the rise in mean results was greater for the INNOVANCE D-Dimer assay compared to the D-Dimer PLUS assay as shown by the ratio of third to first trimester results of 3.68 and 1.96 respectively. Both D-Dimer assays demonstrated moderate levels of intra-subject variability, with overall mean CVs of 16.5% (D-Dimer PLUS) and 16.9% (INNOVANCE D-Dimer). Furthermore, we studied the association between D-Dimer levels and occurrence of diseases of pregnancy. For both assays, there was no consistently interpretable evidence of an association between raised mean D-Dimer levels or rising D-Dimer levels and any of the diseases or conditions associated with pregnancy. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that the INNOVANCE D-Dimer assay increases significantly with the advancement of pregnancy, and is more sensitive than D-Dimer PLUS assay in the pregnant population.
Alhossain A Khalafallah; Michael Morse; Abdul-Majeed Al-Barzan; Murray Adams; Amanda Dennis; Gerald Bates; Iain Robertson; David Seaton; Terry Brain
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Thrombosis research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-2472     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326377     Medline TA:  Thromb Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Launceston General Hospital (LGH) Tasmania, Australia; School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia.
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