Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a secondary phenomenon in many pathophysiologic states.1 We describe a patient with DIC, cerebral infarction, and hemorrhage secondary to a malignant pheochromocytoma.
REPORT OF A CASE
A 54-year-old woman was transferred to Jackson (Fla) Memorial Hospital, because of a left-sided hemiparesis and gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding.Two months before admission, she was seen at another hospital because of right homonymous hemianopsia and right-sided hemiparesis of sudden onset. The diagnosis of factor VIII deficiency was made; her condition improved after treatment with phytonadione and she was discharged.Two days before admission to Jackson Memorial Hospital, she fell; weakness of the left side was noted. Her blood pressure (BP) was 140/100 mm Hg and the pulse rate was 140 beats per minute. There were numerous ecchymoses of the skin. The patient was stuporous; she had a left-sided hemiplegia and Babinski's sign on both sides.The hemoglobin value
Hill JB, Schwartzman RJ. Cerebral Infarction and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation With Pheochromocytoma. Arch Neurol. 1981;38(6):395. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510060097025
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