A Pathophysiological Perspective on the SARS-CoV-2 Coagulopathy

Hemasphere. 2020 Aug 10;4(4):e457. doi: 10.1097/HS9.0000000000000457. eCollection 2020 Aug.


Recent evidence is focusing on the presence of a hypercoagulable state with development of both venous and arterial thromboembolic complications in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. The ongoing activation of coagulation related to the severity of the illness is further characterized by thrombotic microangiopathy and endotheliitis. These microangiopathic changes cannot be classified as classical disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). In this short review we describe the interaction between coagulation and inflammation with focus on the possible mechanisms that might be involved in SARS-CoV-2 infection associated coagulopathy in the critically ill.

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  • Review