EURASIAN JOURNAL OF PULMONOLOGY, vol.10, no.1, pp.9-14, 2008 (ESCI)
Aim: D-dimer results from the fibrin breakdown after fibrinolytic system activation. Although the potential use of serum D-dimer levels has been assessed as a screening test for venous thromboembolism, its role in other disorders has not been as well defined. Little is known about the relationship between D-dimer levels and the clinical outcomes of patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of plasma D-dimer levels in patients with CAP.