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Neurologic Complications Associated with Disorders of Thrombosis and Hemostasis

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

in Neurologic Complications of Critical Illness

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195371093
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371093.003.0012

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Neurologic Complications Associated with Disorders of Thrombosis and Hemostasis

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Disorders of coagulation can be part of an exacerbating critical illness or actually cause a critical illness. Patients with acute leukemia or any of the myelodysplastic syndromes may become critically ill and develop a major bleeding in any site, including the CNS. Another potential for bleeding in ICUs is the use of anticoagulation and thrombolytic therapy. The neurologic complications are usually defining moments and increase the probability of a poor outcome. This chapter will attempt to review the major disorders of thrombosis or hemostasis encountered in ICUs. For these patients, the primary objective is control of a life-threatening hemorrhage and immediate hemostasis.

Chapter.  8128 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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