Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy in patients with cancer undergoing operation for pathological fractures of the hip

M. Nyska, B. Klin, J. Y. Margulies*, A. Fast, Y. Floman

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Abstract

Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy is a serious complication of numerous pathological conditions, particularly metastatic cancer. It is rarely encountered in orthopaedic surgery. Prompt recognition and treatment is required to prevent death. We describe two patients with pathological fractures of the proximal femur due to metastatic disease who died from disseminated intravascular coagulation after operation. A high index of suspicion, careful monitoring of the clotting mechanism and prompt treatment are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-181
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1987
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy
  • Hip
  • Operation
  • Pathological fractures

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