A rapid quantitative D-dimer assay at admission correlates with the severity of community acquired pneumonia.

@article{Shilon2003ARQ,
  title={A rapid quantitative D-dimer assay at admission correlates with the severity of community acquired pneumonia.},
  author={Yuval Shilon and Ariella Bar-Gil Shitrit and Bernard Rudensky and Amos Moshe Yinnon and Maya Margalit and Jaqueline Sulkes and David Shitrit},
  journal={Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis : an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis},
  year={2003},
  volume={14 8},
  pages={745-8}
}
Previous research has shown a link between infectious inflammatory processes and hemostatic abnormalities. No data exist, however, on whether coagulation markers correlate with the severity of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) at admission. We conducted a prospective, observational study in an Emergency Medicine Department of a primary care hospital. Sixty-eight patients admitted with CAP were included. Blood samples were collected at admission and assayed for D-dimer levels. D-dimers were… CONTINUE READING

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