Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation in Varying Age Groups Based on Clinical Conditions.
- Geyer-Roberts E
Cureus[Cureus] 2022 Apr 21; Vol. 14 (4), pp. e24362. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Apr 21 (Print Publication: 2022).
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- Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a serious syndrome characterized by the systemic activation of blood coagulation resulting in the thrombosis of vessels leading to organ dysfunction and severe bleeding. When physicians try to treat DIC, it is imperative to diagnose and treat the underlying conditions. Anyone can be affected by DIC, but vulnerable groups such as pediatric populations, pregnant women and the elderly may be at higher risk. In this review, the current literature on DIC in pregnancy, the pediatric population, and the elderly is reported. This review also highlights the similarities and differences in the etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of DIC in the aforementioned groups (i.e., pediatrics, pregnant women, and the elderly). Findings from this study may help increase awareness about various presentations of DIC in these groups to facilitate rapid recognition of symptoms leading to correct diagnoses.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
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