Monday, June 26, 2006

Monday June 26, 2006
Thrombelastography - TEG

TEG was first introduced about 60 years ago by Hartert . TEG monitors hemostasis as a whole dynamic process and measures the viscoelastic properties of blood. The strength of a clot is graphically represented over time in a cigar shape figure. With little practice, just a glance at shape and size of cigar, it provides clue to underlying disease process. It is an underutilized tool in ICU. See picture for self explanation:

Read review on Thromboelastography/thromboelastometry
here (pdf file) (ref: Clin. Lab. Haem. 2005, 27, 81–90)