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Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2008 December;54(4):445-9

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Acquired platelet dysfunction with spontaneous intramuscular hematoma and compartment syndrome in cirrhosis

Navaneethan U. 1, Kemmer N. 2, Neff G. W. 2

1 Department of Internal Medicine University of Cincinnati College of Medicine OH, USA
2 Division of Digestive Diseases University of Cincinnati College of Medicine OH, USA


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Cirrhosis patients are at high risk for bleeding as a result of decreased platelet counts and impaired function, defective production of coagulation factors and abnormalities in clot lysis. The authors report the case of a 58 year-old man with cryptogenic cirrhosis who presented initially with intramuscular hematoma in the thigh which progressed to compartment syndrome. The patient developed disseminated progressive intramuscular hematomas in the muscles of chest, abdomen and finally retroperitoneal hemorrhage secondary to probable accelerated intravascular coagulation and fibrinolysis (AICF) culminating in death. This case highlights many of the common coagulation abnormalities seen in cirrhosis. The authors speculate the sequence of events in our patient at every level of the coagulation cascade which could have lead to this fatal outcome.

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