Conditions and Diseases
Cell Biology (cytology)
Why do disseminated intravenous coagulation cause organ failure?
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What is disseminated intravascular coagulation?
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a pathological process in the body where the blood starts to coagulate throughout the whole body. This depletes the body of its platelets and coagulation factors, and there is a paradoxically increased risk of haemorrhage. It occurs in critically ill patients, especially those with Gram-negative sepsis (particularly meningococcal sepsis) and acute promyelocytic leukemia. Basically the person is clotting and bleeding at the same time. It is a very very serious disorder, and can be very deadly. Once all of the body's clotting factors are used up (and they can be used up very quickly) then the body just bleeds out of every opening in the body (eyes, nose, ears, mouth, anus, etc.) It can be treated by giving the person blood products to help replenish the volumes being lost and also giving products that will help clot the blood. However sometimes it is too late. The only way to really correct this disorder is to correct whatever the underlying cause for the DIC was. Disseminated intravascular coagulation is a disorder. When someone has DIC their proteins that control blood clotting becomes over active.
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How can blood clotting be bad?
Uncontrolled blood clotting, where the blood clots but there is no wound to seal, can lead to death. If the blood clots are in the blood stream they can break off and cause obstructions in other organs or tissues. If the blood is extravasated, the clot can interfere with normal organ and tissue function. Systemic blood clotting, called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), is a medical emergency that can lead to death.