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

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Dr. Michael Taylor
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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