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Serum Fibrin Degradation Products Throughout Normal Pregnancy

Br Med J 1968; 4 doi: (Published 14 December 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;4:665
  1. D. G. Woodfield,
  2. S. K. Cole,
  3. A. G. E. Allan,
  4. J. D. Cash


    Fibrin/fibrinogen degradation products in the serum of 169 healthy pregnant and 43 healthy non-pregnant subjects of a similar age group showed a significant increase throughout pregnancy, the highest levels being obtained in the third trimester. There was no correlation with plasma fibrinogen levels or euglobulin lysis times. Though these changes may be due to other alterations in pregnancy not primarily associated with fibrinolysis, it is possible that actual fibrinolysis is not decreased in late pregnancy, as has been previously asssumed.