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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Coagulopathy: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Thrombotic Microangiopathy—Either, Neither, or Both
Patients with severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections manifest coagulation abnormalities that have been associated with respiratory deterioration and death.  In addition, many patients with severe COVID-19 infections develop venous thromboembolism, which seems to be related to the coagulopathy. It has also been suggested that undiagnosed pulmonary embolism contributes to a sudden deterioration of pulmonary oxygen exchange that is sometimes seen in patients with COVID-19 infections. 
The coagulopathy associated with COVID-19 mimics other systemic coagulopathies that are regularly seen in severe infections, such as disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) or thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA).   However, at the same time, the clinical and laboratory characteristics of the coagulation changes in COVID-19 are distinctly different from the common presentation of these conditions.
Article published online:
08 June 2020
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