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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

DIC is a hemorrhagic syndrome. There is an obvious disturbance in the clotting mechanism in the blood. Platelets and fibrin have lost their ability to clot. Internal hemorrhage occurs and a serious continuation of bleeding throughout the body begins.The liver is also involved in clotting.
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Treatment is directed at correcting the clotting factors involved. Blood transfusion may be necessary. Hemodynamic monitoring is necessary. DIC is sometimes brought on secondary to other medical conditions eg.trauma, sepsis, abruptio placenta, renal failure and more.
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