How is coagulation status assessed in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Coagulation status should be assessed by measuring the prothrombin time (PT) and the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). Patients with clinical evidence of a coagulopathy require additional tests to detect the presence of DIC. The PT and the aPTT are elevated in DIC, fibrinogen levels are decreased, and fibrin split products are increased.


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