From friend and colleague Cassandra McGeachy, Louisiana Coagulation Laboratory,
Hi George, I am looking for procedures available for performing the euglobulin lysis time (ELT). I am looking to update my present method if there are any options available.
Hello, Cassy, and thank you for your question. At first I was going to suggest you just discontinue the ELT as it is obsolete and has been replaced by fibrinogen, plasminogen, and tissue plasminogen activator levels. In fact, our editors have chosen to discontinue the ELT section in the fifth edition of Hematology, Clinical Principles and Applications, due for distribution in January. However reference laboratories are still asked to provide the assay from time to time, so I suggest you find the summary in the fourth edition of the text on page 760. Copyright restrictions prevent me from linking it here, so I hope you have the text on your shelf. Geo.