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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Dilute Russell`s viper venom test abnormal

01/29/2008

Question:

At the begining of this year I started to have swolling of my hands, feet and face and some other symptoms but was off and on. After some tests were run my Dr. found out that my protein C was elevated and also that the viper venom test was abnormal (50). Everytime they check it continues to be abnormal for both (1yr). I have been told that they think I have fibromyalgia but not sure. I was wondering if you could tell me, some other test that could helpt to lead to make a better diagnose. My dr. doesn`t know what else to test me for? Thank you.

Answer:

The Russell viper venom test is used to evaluate for abnormal protein so would need further information. Otherwise, I am not sure that the abnormal tests explain things.

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University