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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is disseminated intravascular coagulation?

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a condition that prevents your body from controlling blood clotting and bleeding. Initially, blood clots form in many areas of your body. Your body responds by overproducing an agent to break down the blood clots. This leads to excessive bleeding, which can be life-threatening.

What increases my risk for DIC?

What are the signs and symptoms of DIC?

How is DIC diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical and family health history. He or she will ask about the medicines you take and do a physical exam. Several blood tests will be done. There is no specific test for DIC.

How is DIC treated?

You may be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for treatment and close monitoring of your condition. You may need any of the following:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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