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S2E7 - APTT, not a one-for-all-purposes reagent

Presented by Audrey Carlo and Cécile Hourquet // Special guest Thomas Flor, product line manager at Stago

Season 2, episode 7
10 min / Published
By Stago

Welcome to Ask Stago, the Podcast dedicated to provide expert answers to your expert questions in coagulation. In today episode, our expert Thomas, is covering with us the usages of APTT testing.  


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Content is scientific and technical in nature. It is intended as an educational tool for laboratory professionals and topics discussed are not intended as recommendations or as commentary on appropriate clinical practice. 

  • coagulation
  • hemostasis
  • APTT
  • Lab life
  • lupus anticoagulant
  • heparin
  • ask stago
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