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Test Code DDIM D-DIMER, Plasma

Specimen Type



Light blue top tube, 3.2% sodium citrate

Preferred Volume

2.7 mL

Offsite Collection Instructions

Whole blood sample must arrive in the laboratory within seven hours of specimen collection.


If transport time exceeds seven hours, follow centrifugation instructions:

  • Samples must be centrifuged at >1500 x g for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  • Carefully remove the plasma from the cells using a plastic transfer pipette avoiding the buffy coat.
  • Aliquot removed plasma into 2 plastic tubes containing a minimum of 500 uL of specimen in each tube.
  • The plasma samples must then be frozen at -20ºC.
  • Once solidly frozen, they must be shipped on dry ice. Samples that have thawed in transit will be rejected.

Note: For clients who do not have access to dry ice DO NOT freeze the specimen. Follow the centrifugation instructions and send fresh plasma or send whole blood sample. It now becomes vital that the specimen arrives in the lab within seven hours of collection.



UCMC Collection Instructions

Specimens may be collected and sent to the laboratory at any time.


Test can be added on to an existing order up to 8 hours following the time of blood draw.



Turnaround Time

STAT: 60 minutes

Routine: 4 hours

STAT Availability


Test Methodology

Latex Immunoassay

Additional Information

The literature cut-off value for exclusion of DVT/PE for this assay is 0.5 ug/mL Fibrinogen Equivalent Units (FEU).


All 3.2% sodium citrate light blue top tubes require a ratio of 9 parts blood to 1 part anticoagulant (example: a 3.0 mL tube requires 2.7 mL blood added to 0.3 mL of anticoagulant).

CPT Code


Reference Range

<0.4 ug/mL FEU. Range confirmed on 03/17/14.

STAT Turnaround Time

1 hour

Minimum Volume

2.7 mL


For pediatric patients = 1.8 mL

Fee Code