Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a pandemic at the end of 2019 and continues to exert an unfavorable worldwide health impact on a large proportion of the population. A remarkable feature of COVID-19 is the precipitation of a hypercoagulable state, mainly in severe cases, leading to micro- and macrothrombosis, respiratory failure, and death. Despite the implementation of various therapeutic regimes, including anticoagulants, a large number of patients suffer from such serious complications. This review aims to describe the current knowledge on the pathophysiology of the coagulation mechanism in COVID-19. We describe the interplay between three important mediators of the disease and how this may lead to a hyperinflammatory and prothrombotic state that affects outcome, namely, the endothelium, the immune system, and the coagulation system. In line with the hypercoagulability state during COVID-19, we further review on the rare but severe vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia. We also summarize and comment on available anticoagulant treatment options and include suggestions for some future treatment considerations for COVID-19 anticoagulation therapy.
- CYTOKINE STORM
- NEUTROPHIL EXTRACELLULAR TRAPS
- PHENOTYPIC HETEROGENEITY