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Fibrin levels in pulmonary fibrosis

12/15/2008

Question:

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.

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University