The unique characteristics of COVID-19 coagulopathy.

Journal Article (Review)

Thrombotic complications and coagulopathy frequently occur in COVID-19. However, the characteristics of COVID-19-associated coagulopathy (CAC) are distinct from those seen with bacterial sepsis-induced coagulopathy (SIC) and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), with CAC usually showing increased D-dimer and fibrinogen levels but initially minimal abnormalities in prothrombin time and platelet count. Venous thromboembolism and arterial thrombosis are more frequent in CAC compared to SIC/DIC. Clinical and laboratory features of CAC overlap somewhat with a hemophagocytic syndrome, antiphospholipid syndrome, and thrombotic microangiopathy. We summarize the key characteristics of representative coagulopathies, discussing similarities and differences so as to define the unique character of CAC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Iba, T; Levy, JH; Connors, JM; Warkentin, TE; Thachil, J; Levi, M

Published Date

  • June 18, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 360 -

PubMed ID

  • 32552865

Pubmed Central ID

  • 32552865

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1466-609X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/s13054-020-03077-0


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England