Disease Information for Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy: Definition

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  • DIC is characterized by reduction in the elements involved in blood coagulation due to their utilization in widespread blood clotting within the vessels; The activation of the clotting mechanism may arise from any of a number of disorders; In the late stages, it is marked by profuse hemorrhaging (Dorland, 27th ed); often a lethal process triggered by specific infections, shock, amniotic fluid embolism

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