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Thromb Haemost. 1987 Dec 18;58(4):1024-9.

Fibrinolytic response and fibrin fragment D-dimer levels in patients with deep vein thrombosis.

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  • 1Center for Thrombosis and Vascular Research, University of Leuven, Belgium.


An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for fragment D-dimer was developed with the use of two monoclonal antibodies directed against specific non-overlapping antigenic determinants, present in fragment D-dimer of crosslinked fibrin but not in fragment D of non crosslinked fibrin or of fibrinogen. The lower limit of sensitivity of the assay when applied to human plasma, is 25 ng/ml. Concentration of fragment D-dimer in plasma from healthy individuals was 177 +/- 83 ng/ml (mean +/- SD). In plasma of 11 out of 12 patients with phlebographically confirmed acute deep vein thrombosis, fragment D-dimer levels were significantly increased. Fragment D-dimer was not increased in 9 out of 10 patients with recurrent idiopathic deep vein thrombosis during clinically silent episodes. Total t-PA antigen and free t-PA antigen concentrations were measured using previously developed ELISAs. Nine of the 12 patients with acute deep vein thrombosis showed a significant increase of total t-PA antigen (from 8.6 +/- 6.9 ng/ml to 21 +/- 16 ng/ml) after venous occlusion but in 3 of these free t-PA remained undetectable. Five of the 10 patients with recurrent deep vein thrombosis responded to venous occlusion with a significant increase of total t-PA antigen (from 6.7 +/- 3.2 ng/ml to 14 +/- 7.9 ng/ml) but, in all patients, free t-PA antigen remained undetectable. It is concluded that the combined assays of total and free t-PA antigen and of fragment D-dimer may be useful for the evaluation of the dynamics of the fibrinolytic system in physiological and pathological conditions.

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