What are the goals of drug treatment in the management 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 goals of pharmacotherapy in cases of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) are to reduce morbidity and to prevent complications. Therapy should be based on etiology and aimed at eliminating the underlying disease. Treatment should be appropriately aggressive for the patient’s age, disease, and severity and location of hemorrhage or thrombosis. Treatment of acute DIC includes anticoagulants, blood components, and antifibrinolytics. Hemostatic and coagulation parameters should be monitored continuously during treatment.


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