Your 32 year old patient is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child. She was admitted for sepsis, but now the MD believes she has disseminating intravascular coagulation. Which of the following lab values would you NOT expect to see with this patient?

 

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- Decreased PTT

- Increased clotting time

- Decreased hematocrit

- Decreased platelets

Rationale

DIC would reflect an increased PTT rather than decreased. All other lab findings are consistent with this diagnosis.

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