Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

  title={Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.},
  author={Beng Hock Chong},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand journal of medicine},
  volume={22 2},
  • Beng Hock Chong
  • Published 1992 in Australian and New Zealand journal of medicine
Thrombocytopenia is a common adverse effect of heparin therapy. Two types of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) are observed clinically--an early onset mild thrombocytopenia (Type I) in which the patients remain asymptomatic and a delayed onset severe thrombocytopenia (Type II). Patients with Type II HIT have an increased risk of thrombotic complications which frequently cause crippling disability e.g. limb amputation or even death. Type I HIT, the commoner of the two types, is believed to… CONTINUE READING
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