Acute traumatic coagulopathy and trauma-induced coagulopathy: An overview

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Hemorrhage is the most important contributing factor of acute-phase mortality in trauma patients. Previously, traumatologists and investigators identified iatrogenic and resuscitation-associated causes of coagulopathic bleeding after traumatic injury, including hypothermia, metabolic acidosis, and dilutional coagulopathy that were recognized as primary drivers of bleeding after trauma. However, the last 10 years has seen a widespread paradigm shift in the resuscitation of critically injured patients, and there has been a dramatic evolution in our understanding of trauma-induced coagulopathy. Although there is no consensus regarding a definition or an approach to the classification and naming of trauma-associated coagulation impairment, trauma itself and/or traumatic shock-induced endogenous coagulopathy are both referred to as acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC), and multifactorial trauma-associated coagulation impairment, including ATC and resuscitation-associated coagulopathy is recognized as trauma-induced coagulopathy. Understanding the pathophysiology of trauma-induced coagulopathy is vitally important, especially with respect to the critical issue of establishing therapeutic strategies for the management of patients with severe trauma.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalJournal of Intensive Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 20


  • Acute traumatic coagulopathy
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Trauma-induced coagulopathy


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