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The diagnosis of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) should encompass both clinical and laboratory information. The International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) DIC scoring system provides objective measurement of DIC. Where DIC is present the scoring system correlates with key clinical observations and outcomes. It is important to(More)
BACKGROUND Temporary interruption of long-term anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy during surgical procedures exposes patients to thrombotic risk. Continuation of these agents, however, is associated with an increased risk of bleeding. Managing anticoagulation can be a particular challenge in the emergency setting. METHODS A literature review of(More)
As activation of the coagulation pathway is a physiological response to injury, the development of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a warning signal to the clinician that the primary pathological disease state is decompensating. In pregnancy, DIC can occur in several settings, which include emergencies such as placental abruption and amniotic(More)
C-reactive protein (CRP) is an acute-phase protein that plays an important defensive role in innate immunity against bacterial infection, but it is also upregulated in many noninfectious diseases. The generic function of this highly conserved molecule in diseases that range from infection, inflammation, trauma, and malignancy is not well understood. In this(More)
Liver disease is associated with impairment of the haemostatic function due to the abnormal and decreased synthesis of the clotting factors. It is thus only logical to have considered assessment of the clotting profile (to include prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT)) to be an integral part of the comprehensive assessment(More)