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Coagulation and Haemorrhagic Disorders

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Last updated: 30th Mar 2020

Coagulation disorders present as abnormal bleeding that may be acquired or inherited. Inherited disorders include haemophilia and von Willebrand disease (VWD) that arise from deficiencies in clotting factor VIII or IX, and platelet dysfunction, respectively. 

Acquired coagulation disorders can result from vitamin K deficiency, liver disease, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) and high levels of circulating anticoagulants (including oral vitamin K antagonists and non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants prescribed to patients with diseases such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, valvular heart disease and venous thromboembolism).

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