D-dimer levels in pleural effusions

Dikensoy Ö. , Stathopoulos G. T. , Zhu Z., Light R. W.

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE, vol.100, no.8, pp.1337-1341, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 100 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rmed.2005.11.025
  • Title of Journal : RESPIRATORY MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1337-1341


Introduction: D-dimer is a degradation product of cross-linked fibrin. We hypothesized that hemorrhagic pleural effusions would have greater D-dimer levels than non-hemorrhagic pleural effusions, and that persistently bloody effusions would be distinguishable from thoracentesis-induced bloody effusions by the D-dimer level.