Treatment Desired Outcomes

The cornerstone of the management of DIC is aggressive treatment of the underlying primary illness. Supportive measures may be used as necessary, but owing to the heterogeneity of DIC etiology, treatment should be guided by predominant symptoms

(bleeding or clotting). Goals of DIC treatment include:

• Replace missing blood components

• Interrupt coagulation

• Treat underlying disease

Pharmacologic Therapy Anticoagulants

While bleeding is the most frequently observed symptom of DIC, thrombotic events cause most of the mortality. Heparin is an effective anticoagulant which activates the antithrombin system and inhibits factors II (thrombin), IXa, and Xa; however, its use is limited by the potential for bleeding. Clinical trials of heparin in DIC have not shown a consistent improvement in organ function or mortality benefit. DIC patients most likely to benefit from heparin are those with chronic symptomatic thromboem-boli, extensive fibrin deposition, and solid tumors. Heparin is contraindicated in DIC

patients with serious or life-threatening bleeding, such as intracranial bleeding.

Table 67-8 Conditions Associated With DIC


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