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Patient Preparation: Overnight fasting is preferred. Duly filled Coagulation Requisition Form is mandatory.
It should be measured to investigate a bleeding or thrombotic episode. It helps evaluate the risk of excessive bleeding prior to a surgical procedure. Also, to monitor heparin anticoagulant therapy.
Your health practitioner may recommend this test for you if you show symptoms of prolonged and excessive bleeding which includes:
Blood in urine
Heavy menstruation for women
Painful and swollen joints
The activated partial thromboplastin time is a functional measure of the intrinsic and usual pathways of the clotting cascade. To form blood clots, to seal off injuries, to blood vessels and tissue, to restrict further blood loss, and to give the damaged areas time to seal the body using the coagulation cascade. The cascade contains a group of clotting factors. These proteins are activated serially along either the extrinsic or intrinsic pathways.
Sample: WB Citrate (3 mL) / Citrated Plasma
Methodology: Electromechanical clot detection.