What is disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)?

Updated: Oct 06, 2020
  • Author: Irene S Pakos, DO; Chief Editor: Perumal Thiagarajan, MD  more...
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DIC is a syndrome characterized by an alteration in the elements involved in blood coagulation due to their use/destruction in widespread blood clotting within the vessels. It may be caused by a wide variety of disorders, including hemorrhage, trauma, sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, endotoxin release, abruptio placentae, and amniotic fluid embolism. [78] Sepsis is the most common cause of DIC.

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