Which lab test findings suggest 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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Patients with DIC can present with a wide range of abnormalities in their laboratory values. Typically, prolonged coagulation times, thrombocytopenia, high levels of fibrin degradation products (FDPs), elevated D-dimer levels, and microangiopathic pathology (schistocytes) on peripheral smears are suggestive findings.


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