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Fibrinogen Degradation Products
This test is done to see if your clot-dissolving (fibrinolytic) system is working properly. Your doctor may order this test if you have signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) or another clot-dissolving disorder. FDP is one of the measurable by-products of activation of the fibrinolytic system. The proteolytic action of plasmin on fibrin leads to the formation of soluble protein fragments called fibrinogen degradation products. The biological effect of FDP is the impairment of hemostatic process. This is a major cause of hemorrhage in intravascular coagulation. Most FDPs are inhibitors of coagulation and act as antithrombins.
The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.