Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation Underlying Cause

Disseminated intravascular coagulation is caused by an abnormal production of fibrin, which prevents clotting in the bloodstream. Excess fibrin results in abnormal bleeding. After the bleeding occurs, blood clots form that block the blood supply to parts of the body.

Causes include:

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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