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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Overview)

A condition where your body's normal blood clotting and thinning mechanisms are disrupted and small blood clots form in the small vessels. These numerous clots cause consumption of the body's clotting factors and then bleeding occurs. Infection is the most common cause of this process.


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What does disseminated intravascular coagulation mean?

What does disseminated intravascular coagulation mean?

Consumption: It is a consumptive clotting problem with many causes where your blood clotting factors form clots apothem break them down constantly causing your body to loose its ability to form clots where needed. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
38 Doctors shared insights

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (Overview)

A condition where your body's normal blood clotting and thinning mechanisms are disrupted and small blood clots form in the small vessels. These numerous clots cause consumption of the body's clotting factors and then bleeding occurs. Infection is the most common cause of this process.


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Hi does solu-cortef treat disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Solu cortef (hydrocortisone): It doesn't treat it in any way. It may be used with other medications used to treat this condition, but in and of itself it doesn't. ...Read more

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Who treats disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Who treats disseminated intravascular coagulation?

ICU?: Most patients with dict are usually very sick and in the intensive care unit. Intensivists/critical care doctors would be main person. Since this is a blood disorder, often times hematologists are involved as well. ...Read more

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I am looking for careful treatment of "disseminated intravascular coagulation".?

Coagulation: The management of acute and chronic forms of disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic) should primarily be directed at treatment of the underlying disorder. Often, the dic component will resolve on its own with treatment. ...Read more

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Who treats disseminated intravascular coagulation?

ICU?: Most patients with dict are usually very sick and in the intensive care unit. Intensivists/critical care doctors would be main person. Since this is a blood disorder, often times hematologists are involved as well. ...Read more

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What does disseminated intravascular coagulation mean?

Consumption: It is a consumptive clotting problem with many causes where your blood clotting factors form clots apothem break them down constantly causing your body to loose its ability to form clots where needed. ...Read more

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What exactly is disseminated intravascular coagulation?

What exactly is disseminated intravascular coagulation?

DIC: Blood clots (coagulation) forming all thoughout (disseminated) your body's circulation (intravascular). There are many things that can cause list - more than I can list here. ...Read more

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What can I tell my wife with disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Take her to ER: If your wife has disseminate intravascular coagulation you ought to get her to an er right away, better yet call 911. ...Read more

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Disseminated intravascular coagulation. How long does it take to treat it?

Coagulation: The management of acute and chronic forms of disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic) should primarily be directed at treatment of the underlying disorder. Often, the dic component will resolve on its own with treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: disseminated intravascular coagulation?

What is the definition or description of: disseminated intravascular coagulation?

DIC: This is a condition where the body's normal blood clotting and thinning mechanisms are disrupted and small blood clots form in the small vessels. These numerous clots cause consumption of the body's clotting factors and then bleeding occurs. Infection is the most common stimulus for this process. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a layman's explanation for disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Does anyone have a layman's explanation for disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Clotting & bleeding: Dic causes two opposite problems: blood clots when it shouldn't, then abnormal bleeding occurs. The blood has enzymes to cause clotting--if you have a small cut, the blood clots naturally to help stop bleeding. In dic, abnormal clotting happens; clots form in the small blood vessels all over the body. When all the clotting enzymes get used up, it's a setup for bleeding. ...Read more

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Disseminated intravascular coagulation--can it be due to bleeding?

Disseminated intravascular coagulation--can it be due to bleeding?

Not a common cause: Bleeding usually results from dic, hyo-vuolumic shock can initiate dic, though sepsis is the a far more common cause of dic. ...Read more

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Hi does solu-cortef treat disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Solu cortef (hydrocortisone): It doesn't treat it in any way. It may be used with other medications used to treat this condition, but in and of itself it doesn't. ...Read more

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I am looking for careful treatment of "disseminated intravascular coagulation".?

Coagulation: The management of acute and chronic forms of disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic) should primarily be directed at treatment of the underlying disorder. Often, the dic component will resolve on its own with treatment. ...Read more

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Can you have an anaphylaxis shock episode from disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Can you have an anaphylaxis shock episode from disseminated intravascular coagulation?

No: They are 2 very different crises. Both are potentially lethal. I hope you never have to find out what they are like. Why are you taking mtx? ...Read more

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Can disseminated intravascular coagulation occur as a result of preeclampsia?

Can disseminated intravascular coagulation occur as a result of preeclampsia?

Yes: Preeclampsia causes some changes in blood vessels and clotting values that in extreme cases can lead to dic with heavy bleeding. ...Read more

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Where can I find information on the role blood plays in disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Where can I find information on the role blood plays in disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Everything: Dic is a life threatening condition where you get clots in your circulation, usually triggered by massive inflammation from some underlying illness. The whole process takes place in the blood (ie circulation). All the clotting factors involved are in the blood. ...Read more

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Can blood in urine, could it be from disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Can blood in urine, could it be from disseminated intravascular coagulation?

See below: Dic is not a common cause of blood in the urine. There are many more common problems that lead to this symptom than dic. ...Read more

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What are the risks of disseminated intravascular coagulation after a single fetal demise @ 28 weeks. This a triplet pregnancy - trichorion/triamnio?

What are the risks of disseminated intravascular coagulation after a single fetal demise @ 28 weeks. This a triplet pregnancy - trichorion/triamnio?

I am truly sorry: For a loss of one of your Fetus. At 28 weeks with the advent of Modern medicine and Technology survival rate of other fituses are 100%. All the best ...Read more

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Can disseminated intravascular congulation aka dic be treated?

Can disseminated intravascular congulation aka dic be treated?

Absolutely, when: Diagnosed early we can decrease the risk of uncontrollable bleeding. Unfortunately it is still a devastating condition in many cases. ...Read more

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What's disseminated intravascular coagulopathy?

What's disseminated intravascular coagulopathy?

DIC: Disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic) is a complex systemic thrombohemorrhagic disorder involving the generation of intravascular fibrin and the consumption of procoagulants and platelets. The resultant clinical condition is characterized by intravascular coagulation and hemorrhage. ...Read more

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What are the tests for disseminated intravascular coagulopathy?

What are the tests for disseminated intravascular coagulopathy?

See below: Examination of peripheral blood smear, platelet count, fibrin degradation products, fibrinogen level are among the common tests used in arriving at a diagnosis of dic. ...Read more

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How can I treat disseminated intravascular coagulopathy?

Don't do this at home: Dic is seen in patients who are seriously ill (usually due to serious infections) and who end up in the intensive care unit. The managment of dic is very complex and involve the right balance of administration of blood products and correction of the udnerlying disease that has led to the dic and should be left to physicians who are experts in intensive care. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get disseminated intravascular coagulopathy, or is it unusual?

DIC: Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (dic) is very rare outside the intensive care unit or in patients who are very sick. Dic is usually seen in patients with overwhelming infections that lead to multiple organ failure, therfore, it is typically seen in a patient with serious infection who is sick enough to required intensive care management. Patients who have dic have a very high risk of death. ...Read more

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Can you tell me examples of inherited coagulation disorders?

Can you tell me examples of inherited coagulation disorders?

Yes: A coagulation defect changed world history. Queen Victoria passed it to her daughter Alice, who in turn passed it to Alexandra, wife of Czar Nicholas, whose son Alexii was a bleeder--and they fell under the influence of Rasputin, ignoring the affairs of state. Carrier women are not affected; their normal factor VIII gene on their other X-chromosome makes up for the abnormal gene. ...Read more

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Bleeding during delivery. Is that dic?

Bleeding during delivery. Is that dic?

Probably not: A good amount of bleeding is normal after delivery. Dic is a condition where blood clotting factors are used up (usually due to massive hemorrhage) resulting in an inability for blood to clot where it needs to. Most bleeding at the time of delivery stops because uterine muscle contracts over big blood vessels in the uterus, so dic usually is not an issue. ...Read more

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Does heparin prevent coagulation of blood?

Does heparin prevent coagulation of blood?

Yes: Heparin keeps the blood from clotting both insider the body as well as for blood in a tube. ...Read more

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Blood coagulation status require bleeding time?

Blood coagulation status require bleeding time?

Risk of bleeding: Bleeding time is no longer used as it is a poor predictor of bleeding risk, clotting time is too crude a test, prothrombin time tests the status of one branch of the coagulation pathway. Usually pt and PTT and platelet count are used as screening tests to assess risk of abnormal bleeding. ...Read more