Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnosis of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)?

Updated: Dec 06, 2020
  • Author: Marcel M Levi, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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The differential diagnosis of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is broad and can include other causes of consumptive coagulopathies, such as trauma and major surgery. In addition, severe liver disease can result in markedly reduced production of coagulation factors and inhibitors. Thrombocytopenia may also occur in this setting secondary to splenic sequestration, resulting in an overall clinical picture quite similar to DIC.


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