An international study of how laboratories handle and evaluate patient samples after detecting an unexpected APTT prolongation


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Ajzner E., Rogic D., Meijer P., Kristoffersen A. H. , Carraro P., Sozmen E. , ...More

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE, vol.53, no.10, pp.1593-1603, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/cclm-2014-1183
  • Title of Journal : CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.1593-1603

Abstract

Background: An unexpectedly detected prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) can be a harmless laboratory finding, but can also reflect a thrombotic tendency or a bleeding disorder. The assistance of laboratory professionals in the interpretation of an unexpectedly detected prolonged APTT (uAPTT) is often required. The way in which uAPTTs are evaluated in laboratories was assessed in this international study with the aim of determining whether laboratory professionals are able to fulfill this need.