Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
Disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC, is a condition in which clots form throughout the body’s small .
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (ko-ag-u-LA-shun), or DIC, is a condition in which clots form throughout the body’s small . These blood clots can reduce or block blood flow through the blood vessels, which can damage the body’s .
In DIC, the increased clotting uses up (PLATE-lets) and clotting factors in the . Platelets are blood fragments that stick together to seal small cuts and breaks on walls and stop . Clotting factors are needed for normal blood clotting.
With fewer and clotting factors in the , serious can occur. DIC can cause internal and external bleeding.
Internal occurs inside the body. External bleeding occurs underneath or from the or . (The mucosa is the that lines some and body , such as your and .)
DIC can cause life-threatening…