The test helps determine if the level of fibrinogen is adequate to promote normal blood clotting. Hereditary fibrinogen deficiency, abnormal composition and function of the fibrinogen molecule, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) can all be diagnosed with the test.
Disseminated intravascular coagulation is a severe, often life-threatening condition associated with abnormal activation of the blood coagulation system within the vascular system.
The clotting system works properly if the clot is formed solely at the site of injury. If the activation of the coagulation system is excessive, the formation of clots in the vascular system is scattered (in several places), which can lead to abnormal clotting, sometimes bleeding or organ damage.
In case of prolonged bleeding of unknown origin, and if the patient’s close relative has a hereditary fibrinogen deficiency, or to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease.