Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

What Is Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation? Disseminated intravascular coagulation (ko-ag-u-LA-shun), or DIC, is a condition in which blood clots form throughout the body's small blood vessels. These blood clots can reduce or block blood flow through the ...1

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Symptoms of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation? Signs and symptoms of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) depend on its cause and whether the condition is acute or chronic. Acute DIC develops quickly (over hours or days) and is ...2

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Complications of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

With fewer platelets and clotting factors in the blood, serious bleeding can occur. DIC can cause internal and external bleeding. Internal bleeding occurs inside the body. External bleeding occurs underneath or from the skin or mucosa. (The mucosa is the ...3

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Causes of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (ko-ag-u-LA-shun), or DIC, is a condition in which blood clots form throughout the body's small blood vessels. These blood clots can reduce or block blood flow through the blood vessels, which can damage ...4

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Causes List for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Some possible causes of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

The two types of DIC are acute and chronic. Acute DIC develops quickly (over hours or days) and must be treated right away. The condition begins with excessive blood clotting in the small blood vessels and quickly leads to serious bleeding ...6

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Diagnosis of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

How Is Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Diagnosed? Your doctor will diagnose disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) based on your medical history, a physical exam, and test results. Your doctor also will look for the cause of DIC. Acute DIC requires emergency treatment ...7

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Risk Factors for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Who Is at Risk for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation? Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is the result of an underlying disease or condition. People who have one or more of the following conditions are most likely to develop DIC:

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Treatments: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Treatment for DIC involves treating the clotting and bleeding problems and the underlying cause of the condition. People who have acute DIC may need blood transfusions, medicines, and other life-saving measures. People who have chronic DIC may need medicines ...8

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Research for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Researchers are looking for ways to prevent DIC or diagnose it early. They're also studying the use of various clotting proteins and medicines to treat the condition. ...Source: NHLBI (NIH)9 ...

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

  • Consumption coagulopathy
  • Defibrination syndrome

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References

  1. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic/ signs
  3. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic
  7. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic/ diagnosis
  8. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic
  9. ibid.
  10. Source: NHLBI (NIH): nhlbi.nih.gov/ health/ health-topics/ topics/ dic/ names

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