Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
Disseminated intravascular coagulation (usually known as DIC) is a serious condition in which the blood clotting system becomes overactive. Small blood clots start to form within the blood vessels and this uses up all the factors needed for normal blood clotting. The result is spontaneous and uncontrolled bleeding which, if left untreated, will prove fatal. Both acute and chronic forms of DIC can occur. Acute DIC is more severe and develops more quickly.