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Primary Name Partial Thromboplastin Time Mixing Study
Synonym Activated partial thromboplastin time mixing study
Synonym Partial thromboplastin time substitution
Contraction PTT mix
Contraction APTT mix
Contraction PTT substitution
UAB Procedure Number 2500168
CPT Code 85732
Specimen Collect two blue-stopper tubes (3.2% sodium citrate), filled to specified volume. Specimen will be rejected if underfilled.

Specimen Management Hard centrifuge and separate the plasma within one hour. The specimens should be double spun to assure platelet poor plasma. Transport or ship at ambient temperature.     If plasma cannot be shipped within one hour of collection, freeze at -70°C and ship on ice or dry ice.

Specimen Accepted Daily including weekends
Test Performed Monday through Friday
Available Stat? No
Description PTT mixing study is indicated when the PTT is prolonged in the absence of heparin therapy. The test is preceded by a thrombin time to detect therapeutic heparin or a direct thrombin inhibitor. Patient plasma is mixed with normal plasma, the mixture is incubated, and the PTT is repeated. If the mixture's PTT result does not correct, the patient may have an inhibitor. There are specific inhibitors such as anti factor VIII, associated with bleeding, and lupus anticoagulants, associated with thrombosis. If the mixture's PTT result does correct, the patient may have a coagulation factor deficiency. The results of the PTT mixing study are used to direct further studies in consultation with the ordering physician.
Reference Interval *Correction suggests factor deficiency.
*No correction suggests presence of an inhibitor.
Follow-up Test *If PTT corrects, follow up with factor assays.
*If PTT does not correct, follow up with lupus anticoagulant testing or specific factor inhibitor as clinically indicated.
Associated With Coagulation factor inhibitors
Associated With Bleeding disorders
Associated With Venous thrombosis
Associated With Lupus anticoagulant

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