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Paediatrics and Child Health


Background: Diagnosing D-Dimer early is essential to optimize clinical treatment and quality of life and reduce mortality. This study aims to identify the difference of D-Dimer levels (ng/ml) in patients with stroke within the 6- and 24-h period compared to patients that mimic stroke.
Methods: An electronic database search across PubMed/MEDLINE, Cochrane, Web of Science, CINAHL, EMBASE, and Scopus was conducted until December 10, 2021. Studies were eligible if they included adult patients with stroke compared to stroke mimics or controls reporting D-Dimer values. Quality assessment was conducted using GRADE. The standardized mean difference and 95% confidence intervals were calculated in addition to the difference of means in the crude form. Heterogeneity was assessed using Cochran's Q statistic and the I2 index. A random-effects model was used. The statistical analysis was conducted using RevMan 5.4.
Results: Out of 2901, there were 318 (11%) participants from upper-middle-income countries, whereas the others were from high-income countries. Large positive effect size was found for D-Dimer in the stroke group (Cohen's d = 2.82 [1.73-3.9]; p < 0.00001), meaning that those with stroke had higher D-Dimer values on presentation compared to the stroke mimics/controls. A large difference in means was found in the two groups (MD = 685.1 [324.2, 1045.99]; p < 0.00001), suggesting that there was a significantly higher laboratory value in the stroke group.
Conclusion: Our findings must be used in caution as the most reliable diagnostic tests for stroke are CT and MRI. Laboratory testing such as D-Dimer values is a valuable clinical adjuvant in diagnosing total stroke.


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Journal of clinical laboratory analysis