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Epic Test Name THROMBIN TIME
Components
Synonyms TT
Description Thrombin time is used for screening for disorders of fibrin formation and in cases of suspected severe fivrinogen deficency states. It is a part of DIC panel. Thrombin converts the fibrinogen in the plasma sample into fibrin, thus producing a fibrin clot. The time taken for the fibrin clot to form is measured.
Specimen Requirements 
Container Light blue (3.2 % sodium citrate) collection tube
Specimen Type Blood
Preferred Collection Volume 3 mL
Minimum Collection Volume Adult: 2 mL, Neonates : 2 mL
Collection Instructions When drawing specimens for coagulation testing, always draw a "pilot" tube (7-10ml plain red top tube), completely filled. This removes tissue fluid contamination. Samples should be obtained from peripheral vein whenever possible. If drawn from indwelling catheter, the line should be flushed with 15mL of saline. After irrigation, a "pilot" tube should be drawn and discarded.
Specimen Handling In-house patients, transport at room temperature.
Out-side client, follow collection instructions and the steps below:
1. Spin light blue top tube. Remove plasma avoiding platelet/buffy coat layer. Spin plasma again to remove top portion of plasma ans place 1mL of PLATELET-POOR PLASMA in plastic tube. (Glass tube unacceptable). Double-centrifugation is critical for accurate results as platelet contamination may cause erroneous results.
2. Plasma must be frozen within 4 hours of collection. CRITICAL WARNING: Specimens must remain frozen until ready to test. Submit separate aliquots when multiple tests are ordered on the same patient specimen.
Rejection Criteria Hemolysis, clotted, short sample, >4 hrs old (if not frozen), thawed plasma, heparin contamination.
Methodology Clotting based assay
Reference Range 18 - 25 seconds
CPT Code(s) 85670
Department Hemostasis/Coagulation
Contact Information Hemostasis Lab; 214-633-4959 Customer Service: 214-633-0400, Toll Free 1-877-887-8136
Turn Around Time1 day
Performed Sunday - Saturday
Performed by Hemostasis
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Updated/Reviewed 07/25/2016


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