Disseminated intravascular coagulation with leukemia patients

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Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a perplexing syndrome that involves both clot formation and bleeding. The management of this syndrome for leukemia patients is especially difficult because of the abnormal coagulation parameters already present in this population. The purpose of this article is to describe normal blood coagulation physiology and the pathophysiology of DIC, and identify appropriate nursing diagnoses and interventions for the leukemia patient with DIC.

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