What Can I Do To Prevent D.I.C.?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I developed D.I.C. (disseminated intravascular coagulation) after the birth of my son. From all that I have read, (which, by the way, is hard to find). I guess I'm lucky to be here. I was in the O.R. for over 5 hours. What I want to know, (if you can help me ) is, can I get this again. Trust me I do NOT plan on having anymore children, my doctor told me the next one would kill me. Can this just develop again? If so, what do I have to look out for.

My doctor did tell me If I'm ever in an accident, or have some kind of trauma, this can happen to me again. Also should I be wearing a Med-Alert necklace. Thank you for any help you can give me.

ANSWER

A medalert bracelet is not a bad idea. You can help yourself by maintaining a really healthy diet and normal weight, but beyond that there is not a lot you can do ( unless your caregiver has said something specific to your case). DIC is not common in women who are not pregnant; it is mainly a complication of pregnancy, so if that is not an option, it is unlikely that you will have it again.

I agree that you are VERY lucky to be here -- you must have a fantastic caregiver and must be best friends with Lady Luck. Meanwhile, have fun raising your child!

-- Cynthia, CNM