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Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)

  • Alternative Names

    Consumption coagulopathy


    Treatment

    The goal is to determine and treat the cause of DIC.

    Blood clotting factors may be replaced with plasma transfusions. Platelet transfusions can raise the blood count. Heparin, a medication used to prevent clotting, is sometimes used to interrupt clotting events.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome depends on what is causing the disorder, but DIC can be life-threatening.


    Complications
    • Bleeding
    • Lack of blood flow to the arms, legs, or vital organs
    • Stroke

    Calling your health care provider

    Go to the emergency room or call 911 if you have bleeding that won't stop.