Predicting Thrombosis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Hans-Joachim Anders


Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2009;5(2):68-69. 

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In patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, a D-dimer level less than 0.5 µg/ml rules out the presence of clotting and indicates a low risk of future clotting. A level greater than 2.0 µg/ml indicates an increased risk of future thrombosis. Whether such an increased D-dimer level should prompt additional investigations or anticoagulation in the absence of clotting symptoms remains unclear.

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