Disseminated intravascular coagulation: Treat the cause, not the lab values
Carrie Ann Labelle, MD
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville
Craig S. Kitchens, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville; Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Gainesville
Address: Craig S. Kitchens, MD, University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, 1600 SW Archer Road, PO Box 100277, Gainesville, FL 32610-0277; e-mail craig.kitchens@med.VA.gov
ABSTRACTDisseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a manifestation of an underlying pathologic process such as cancer, infection, trauma, or obstetric catastrophe. It can manifest as thrombosis, bleeding, or both. To succeed, treatment must address the underlying cause.