Overview of PROTEIN S TEST
Protein S is an anticoagulant protein in the blood which helps blood to clot normally. Protein S test is done when there is improper blood clot formation.
What is PROTEIN S TEST?
Protein S test is a blood test done to test for the deficiency of Protein S. Protein S helps control blood clot formation, when there is a deficiency of Protein S there is excessive clotting. Protein S test helps in the diagnosis of blood clot formation related disorders.
Why is PROTEIN S TEST suggested?
Protein S Test is suggested for the following reasons:
- Inherited Protein S deficiency runs in the family.
- A newborn has a clotting disorder.
- The patient had a blood clot.
- Repeated miscarriages
How is PROTEIN S TEST performed?
Protein S 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- Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the forearm.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 S test is received within 24-48 hours.
What are the parameters measured in PROTEIN S TEST?
Protein S test measures the amount of Protein S present in the blood. Decreased levels of Protein S warrants further professional consultation.
Preparation before performing PROTEIN S TEST
Preparation before performing the Protein S 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 S TEST
Post-care not required after performing the Protein S Test.
Sample types in PROTEIN S TEST
Sample type in Protein S Test are:
Side effects/risks of PROTEIN S TEST
There are no major side effects associated with Protein S test, one might experience slight pain at the location of blood withdrawal but that will go away quickly.