Medicine – MCQ 173 – Disseminated intravascular coagulation and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) differs from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. In this reference the DIC is most likely characterized by:
A. Significant numbers of schistocytes
B. A brisk reticulocytosis
C. Decreased coagulation factor levels
D. Significant thrombocytopenia

Correct answer : C. Decreased coagulation factor levels

In DIC, the levels of coagulation factors are decreased. Whereas in TTP, coagulation factor levels are normal.

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