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What is Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time?

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time is a blood test which measures the time taken for blood to clot.

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What is Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time?

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time is a blood test which measures the time taken for blood to clot.a

Why is Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time suggested?

The Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time test is suggested to check for any bleeding disorder whose symptoms include bleeding continuously, or bruising easily etc.

The test is also suggested after a heparin therapy.

How is Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time performed?

The procedure for performing the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time blood test is as follows:

  • A band is wrapped around the arm so that the vein is clearly seen.
  • The area is cleaned to avoid infection.
  • A needle is inserted into the vein and required amount of blood is collected.
  • A test is performed on the sample to get results.

What are the parameters measured in Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time?

The test measures all the coagulation factors of the blood such as factor VIII, factor IX, factor X1, and factor XII.

Preparation before performing Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time:

There are no special preparations needed before performing the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time test.

Although the patient needs to inform the doctor about any medications or treatment the patient is undergoing.

Post-care after Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time:

There are no post care measures as such after performing the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time.

Sample types in Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time:

The Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time Test gives a result of the time taken for the blood to clot.

If the blood takes longer to clot, then it means that the patient has some blood related or, any liver disease, or deficiency in vitamin k.

Side effects/risks of Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time:

There are no side effects after performing the Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time test.

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