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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Fibrin levels in pulmonary fibrosis
How do the results of a D-Dimer Test fit into a case of interstitial pneumonia (chronic) caused by coccidiomycosis? I now have Pulmonary Fibrosis. I am still taking Itraconazole; 3 years and 6 mos. after diagnosis. I have cavitary Valley Fever.
The D-dimer test is most commonly used to diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clots). However, it is very non-specific, meaning that it can be elevated in many other conditions as well. The D-dimer is usually not used in the evaluation and management of pulmonary fibrosis.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University