Hi. Are you there Dr Chip to answer a rather worrying problem?
My daughter had a bad fall down some concrete steps in a shopping centre two weeks ago and things have gone from bad to worse. She was x-rayed so knows nothing is broken but told to keep her leg elevated by a consultant.
She had a nasty wound on the front of her shin which turned to cellulitis and her leg is extremely swollen. She has seen her GP and been prescribed 2 antibiotics.
Today she went to the Practice Nurse who took a swab, dressed the wound and took blood samples at 10.30 a.m.
At 2 p.m. she received a telephone call from the surgery telling her to go to A & E immediately where they were expecting her.
It appears that her level of D-Mimer was 1000 when it should have been 250
She was seen by a junior doctor who summoned a consultant. He said she had an abscess on her shin and removed a large hematoma which she was told was probably infected.
At no stage has she had an ultra sound scan.
Having googled D-Mimer we discover that this is linked to DVT.
My main question is could a reading like this also relate to a hematoma? All doctors and consultants do not think in any way she has a DVT in spite of the blood test reading.
The leg is sore after the removal of the hematoma but she does not feel ill in any way even though her temperature is raised.
Please help a worried mother.