This week we’re going to present a series of short cases around clotting results. Hopefully we’ll demonstrate when coagulation screens should be used and also how to interpret basic abnormalities. It most be noted that different labs will use different reagents and therefore sensitivities to certain abnormalities may be different. Please reply on Twitter @teamhaem and use the #teamhaem
A 75 year old gentleman has a routine clotting screen performed pre pacemaker insertion. The results show:
- PT 13s (11-14s)
- APTT 46s (33-40s)
- Fibrinogen (Clauss) 3.4g/L (1.5-4.5g/L)
- FBC – normal
- What is your first step?
- What is the most common reason for abnormal coagulation?
- Can you propose further investigation?
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