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Low INR in a blood test

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Low INR in a blood test
Last update: 28/05/2021

What is low INR in a blood test called?

  • Low INR

What is the normal INR in a blood test?

If you need to know which are the INR reference ranges or you require more information about INR in a blood test, you can visit normal INR in a blood test.

What does a low INR in a blood test mean?

A low level of INR (International Normalized Ratio) shows a decrease in the time necessary to complete the clotting process. When there is a hemorrhage, the clotting process is activated to stop the bleeding. Therefore, the hemorrhages are stopped quickly.

This could be interpreted as a positive sign. However, it usually means an increase in the probability to develop a clot.

The INR below the normal range does not have any clinical meaning. In many cases, it is a consequence of laboratory errors. For this reason, it is convenient to repeat the blood test to confirm the value.

  • Mild INR decrease (< 0.9 in adults):

    A low INR value in a blood test increases the probability of suffering thrombosis. Anyway, it does not give too much information for a diagnosis. Your doctor may ask to perform other clotting tests to study if there is a real disorder.

Which factors can reduce the INR in a blood test?

There are some circumstances and drugs than can reduce your INR in a blood test:

Which diseases can reduce your INR in a blood test?

The most common diseases why the INR can be lower than normal are:

  • Thrombophlebitis

    What can I do to increase the INR in a blood test?

    To increase the INR values in a blood test you can follow the next tips:

    • Diet: Try to reduce the intake of food rich in vitamin K. You should reduce the intake of green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale or Brussels sprouts and some other foods high in vitamin K like chickpeas.
    • Medication: Your doctor may prescribe you anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin) or acenocoumerol to avoid thrombosis if he considers it appropriate.

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    Which values are considered a low INR in a blood test?

    The following values are considered to be above the normal range:

    IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in units. They are an example of a healthy man/woman of about 40 years old with no known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.

    Mild INR decrease
    0.89 0.88 0.87 0.86 0.85 0.84 0.83 0.82
    0.81 0.8 0.79 0.78 0.77 0.76 0.75 0.74
    0.73 0.72 0.71 0.7 0.69 0.68 0.67 0.66
    0.65 0.64 0.63 0.62 0.61 0.6 0.59 0.58
    0.57 0.56 0.55 0.54 0.53 0.52 0.51 0.5
    0.49 0.48 0.47 0.46 0.45 0.44 0.43 0.42
    0.41 0.4 0.39 0.38 0.37 0.36 0.35 0.34
    0.33 0.32 0.31 0.3     
    Medically reviewed by our Medical staff on 28/05/2021


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