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Thromb Res. 2012 Apr;129 Suppl 1:S54-9. doi: 10.1016/S0049-3848(12)70017-8.

Current concepts in the management of disseminated intravascular coagulation.

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Roald Dahl Haemostasis and Thrombosis Centre, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Road, Liverpool, United Kingdom.


Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation is a clinicopathological syndrome where widespread intravascular coagulation occurs in response to an inciting process. The pathophysiology for this disorder is complex with an important role for thrombin, the central regulator of the coagulation process. Since the clinical spectrum of DIC is variable due to its dynamic nature, the laboratory diagnosis should ideally be not based on a single marker or an isolated set of results. The treatment should primary focus on the management of the underlying triggering condition with blood products used as resuscitative measures. Newer therapeutic modalities have been recently tried with success although the management of DIC still remains a major challenge.

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