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.
What is PROTEIN C TEST?
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- Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the forearm.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:
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.