Meningococcemia with Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome caused death in a 21-year-old woman. This patient had marked abnormalities of multiple coagulation factors, which suggested that disseminated intravascular coagulation played an important role in the morbidity and mortality of this disease.
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