SARS-CoV-2 causes a phenotype of pneumonia with diverse manifestation, which is termed as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). An impressive high transmission rate allows COVID-19 conferring enormous challenge for clinicians worldwide, and developing to a pandemic level. Combined with a series of complications, a part of COVID-19 patients progress into severe cases, which critically contributes to the risk of fatality. To date, coagulopathy has been found as a prominent feature of COVID-19 and severe coagulation dysfunction may be associated with poor prognosis. Coagulopathy in COVID-19 may predispose patients to hypercoagulability-related disorders including thrombosis and even fatal vascular events. Inflammatory storm, uncontrolled inflammation-mediated endothelial injury and renin angiotensin system (RAS) dysregulation are the potential mechanisms. Ongoing efforts made to develop promising therapies provide several potential strategies for hypercoagulability in COVID-19. In this review, we introduce the clinical features of coagulation and the increased vascular thrombotic risk conferred by coagulopathy according to present reports about COVID-19. The potential underlying mechanisms and emerging therapeutic avenues are discussed, emphasizing an urgent need for effective interventions.
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