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Intravascular Coagulation in Fresh-Water Submersion: Report of Three Cases

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The Franklin McLean Memorial Research Institute is operated by The University of Chicago for the United States Energy Research and Development Administration under Contract EY-76-C-02-0069.

Dr. Deuel holds Faculty Research Award 133 from the American Cancer Society. Dr. Ports is presently with the Division of Cardiology, The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California.

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Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(1):60-61. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-87-1-60
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We describe three cases of fresh-water drowning that were complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulation. Close observation for clinical bleeding, laboratory investigation of the coagulation system, and therapy for disseminated intravascular coagulation, when appropriate, seem indicated in patients hospitalized after fresh-water immersion.





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