D-dimer (DDI) is a product of fibrinolysis, the process of plasminogen breaking down fibrin clots. Two products are made by fibrinolysis: D-dimer (DDI) and Fibrin Degradation Products (FDP). D-dimer levels are elevated in the setting of clot breakdown, but will be even higher in the setting of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).
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