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Factor II assay

The factor II assay is a test to measure the activity of factor II. This is a substance that is involved in blood clotting (coagulation).

How the Test is Performed

A sample of blood will be taken from your vein.

How to Prepare for the Test

No special steps are needed to prepare for this test.

How the Test will Feel

You may feel slight pain or a sting when the needle is inserted to draw blood. You may feel some throbbing afterward

Why the Test is Performed

This test is used to find the cause of too much bleeding (decreased blood clotting). This decreased clotting may be caused by abnormally low levels of factor II.

Normal Results

The value should be 50 - 200% of the laboratory control or reference value.

Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.

The examples above show the common measurements for results for these tests. Some laboratories use different measurements or may test different specimens.

What Abnormal Results Mean

Decreased factor II activity may be the result of:

Risks

Veins and arteries vary in size so it may be harder to take a blood sample from one person than another.

Other slight risks associated with having blood drawn may include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fainting or feeling light-headed
  • Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
  • Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)

This test is most often performed on people who have bleeding problems. The risk of excessive bleeding is slightly greater than for people without bleeding problems.

Considerations

When you bleed, the body starts a chain of activities to help the blood clot. This is called the coagulation cascade. The process involves special proteins called coagulation factors (factor II is a coagulation factor).

Each factor's reaction triggers the next reaction. The final product of the coagulation cascade is the blood clot. Blood clots may not form normally if any one of the clotting factors is too low.

Alternative Names

Prothrombin

References

Ragni MV. Hemorrhagic Disorders: Coagulation Factor Deficiencies. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds.Goldman's Cecil Medicine

Gailani D, Neff AT. Rare Coagulation Deficiencies. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr, Silberstein LE, Heslop HE, Weitz JI, eds.Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Update Date 3/3/2013

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