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Laboratory Findings

Laboratory findings include:

  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Prolonged PT, aPTT, thrombin time
  • Decreased fibrinogen
  • Elevated D-dimers
  • Schistocytes on the peripheral blood smear

Thrombocytopenia and schistocytes are also associated with TTP and HUS; it is the abnormal coagulation tests that distinguish DIC from these other conditions.