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Fibrin degradation products
FDPs; FSPs; Fibrin split products; Fibrin breakdown products
How the Test is Performed
How to Prepare for the Test
How the Test will Feel
Why the Test is Performed
This test is done to see if your clot-dissolving (fibrinolytic) system is working properly. Your doctor may order this test if you have signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) or another clot-dissolving disorder.
The result is normally less than 10 micrograms per milliliter (mcg/mL).
Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.
The example above shows the common measurements for results for these tests. Some laboratories use different measurements or may test different specimens.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Increased FDPs may be a sign of primary or secondary fibrinolysis (clot-dissolving activity) due to a variety of causes, including:
- Abruptio placentae
- Congenital heart disease
- Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
- Intrauterine fetal death
- Liver disease (See: cirrhosis)
- Portacaval shunt
- Recent blood transfusion
- Recent surgery that involved a heart and lung bypass pump
- Renal disease (See: kidney failure)
- Thromboembolic states
- Transplant rejection
- Transfusion reaction
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or feeling light-headed
- Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
- Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)
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Reviewed By: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.