Test Catalog

Test ID: ALBLD    
Bleeding Diathesis Profile, Limited, Plasma

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Initial testing includes: prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), thrombin time (bovine), fibrinogen, D-dimer, coagulation factor VIII activity assay, coagulation factor IX assay, von Willebrand factor (VWF) antigen, VWF activity, factor XIII screen, and limited bleed profile interpretation.


If PT is >13.9 seconds, then PT mix will be performed at an additional charge.


If APTT is > or =38 seconds, then APTT mix and dilute Russell viper venom time (DRVVT) will be performed at an additional charge.


If DRVVT ratio is > or =1.20, then DRVVT mix and DRVVT confirm will be performed at an additional charge.


If thrombin time is > or =25.0 seconds, then reptilase time will be performed at an additional charge.


If fibrinogen is <150 mg/dL, or clinically indicated, then PT-fibrinogen will be performed at an additional charge.


If D-dimer is >500 ng/mL FEU, then soluble fibrin monomer will be performed at an additional charge.


If APTT mix is > or =38 seconds and thrombin time is <35.0 seconds (no evidence of heparin), then platelet neutralization procedure will be performed at an additional charge.


If VWF activity assay is <55% or VWF activity:VWF antigen ratio is abnormally increased, then VWF ristocetin cofactor activity assay will be performed at an additional charge. 


If VWF antigen is <55%, the VWF activity is <55%, or the VWF activity:VWF antigen ratio is abnormal, then VWF multimer analysis will be performed at an additional charge.


If appropriate, coagulation factor assays or Staclot lupus anticoagulant will be performed at an additional charge to clarify significant abnormalities in the screen test results.


If factor result is below the normal range, the appropriate factor inhibitor screen may be performed along with the Bethesda titering assay, at an additional charge, if inhibitor screen is positive.


See Hemophilia Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Plasma Na Cit

Ordering Guidance

Multiple coagulation profile tests are available. See Coagulation Profile Comparison in Special Instructions for testing that is performed with each profile.

Shipping Instructions

Send the 6 aliquots in the same shipping container.

Necessary Information

1. If priority specimen, mark request form, give reason, and request a call-back.

2. Note if patient is currently receiving anticoagulant (eg, heparin, Coumadin [warfarin]) treatment or any medication that could affect coagulation parameters.

3. Note if patient has been recently transfused.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation:

1. Patient should not be receiving anticoagulant treatment (eg, warfarin, heparin). Treatment with heparin causes false-positive results of in vitro coagulation testing for lupus anticoagulant. Coumadin (warfarin) treatment may impair ability to detect the more subtle varieties of lupus-like anticoagulants.

2. Patient should also not be receiving fibrinolytic agents (streptokinase, urokinase, tissue plasminogen activator: tPA).

3. If patient has been recently transfused, it is best to perform this study pretransfusion, if possible.

Specimen Type: Platelet-poor plasma

Collection Container/Tube: Light-blue top (3.2% sodium citrate)

Submission Container/Tube: 6 Plastic vials

Specimen Volume: 6 mL in 6 plastic vials, each containing 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Specimen must be collected prior to factor replacement therapy.

2. For complete instructions, see Coagulation Guidelines for Specimen Handling and Processing in Special Instructions.

3. Centrifuge, transfer all plasma into a plastic vial, and centrifuge plasma again.

4. Aliquot plasma (1-2 mL per aliquot) into 6 separate plastic vials, leaving 0.25 mL in the bottom of centrifuged vial.

5. Freeze plasma immediately (no longer than 4 hours after collection) at -20 degrees C or, ideally, < or =-40 degrees C.

Additional Information:

1. Double-centrifuged specimen is critical for accurate results as platelet contamination may cause spurious results.

2. Each coagulation assay requested should have its own vial.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test


1. Coagulation Patient Information (T675) in Special Instructions.

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Coagulation Test Request (T753) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

4 mL in 4 plastic vials, 1 mL each

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus Reject

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
Plasma Na CitFrozen14 days