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Protein C

Overview of PROTEIN C TEST

Protein C is a protein in the blood which helps blood to clot normally. Protein C test is done when there is improper blood clot formation.


Protein C test is a blood test done to test for the deficiency of Protein C. Protein C helps control blood clot formation, when there is a deficiency of Protein C there is excessive clotting. Protein C test helps in the diagnosis of blood clot formation related disorders.

Why is PROTEIN C TEST suggested?

Protein C Test is suggested for the following reasons:

  • Inherited Protein C deficiency runs in the family.
  • A newborn has a clotting disorder.
  • The patient had a blood clot.
  • Repeated miscarriages

How is PROTEIN C TEST performed?

Protein C test is performed as follows:

  • Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the forearm.
  • The site of blood withdrawal is covered with a band-aid.

The result of the Protein C test is received within 24-48 hours.

What are the parameters measured in PROTEIN C TEST?

Protein C test measures the amount of Protein C present in the blood. Decreased levels of Protein C warrants further professional consultation.

Preparation before performing PROTEIN C TEST

Preparation before performing Protein C Test involves:

  • Wait ten days after the thrombotic episode.
  • Do not consume oral warfarin or other blood thinners two-three weeks before the test.
  • Do not consume birth control pills.

Post-care after PROTEIN C TEST

Post-care not required after performing Protein C Test.

Sample types in PROTEIN C TEST

Sample type in Protein C Test are:

  • 3 ml of whole blood.

Side effects/risks of PROTEIN C TEST

There are no major side effects associated with Protein C test, one might experience slight pain at the location of blood withdrawal but that will go away quickly.

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