What is the role of coagulation studies in the evaluation of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The most common abnormality is disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), which results in an elevated prothrombin time, a decreasing fibrinogen level, and the presence of fibrin split products. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), also known as M3, is the most common subtype of AML associated with DIC. Patients with acute monocytic leukemia also have a high incidence of clinically significant DIC.


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