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 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 100 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.rmed.2005.11.025
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1337-1341
  • Keywords: D-dimer, pleural effusion, bloody pleural fluid, cancer, congestive heart failure, cardiac bypass surgery, parapneumonic, FIBRINOLYTIC-ACTIVITY, MESOTHELIAL CELLS, INFLAMMATION, PLEURODESIS, TURNOVER, SYSTEM
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: No


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.