differential diagnosis

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This includes:

  • liver disease - mild/moderate liver disease is distinguishable from DIC by having normal fibrinogen levels and normal or slightly reduced platelets; severe disease is less difficult to distinguish
  • vitamin K deficiency - fibrinogen level and platelet count unaffected
  • sepsis - fibrinogen level usually normal
  • thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura - fibrinogen level and other coagulation tests usually normal

Last reviewed 01/2018