Non-transient "self-sustaining" heparin-induced thrombocytopenia: 4-year persistence of a platelet-activating PF4/heparin-antibody status without heparin exposure.

The more we come to understand the pathophysiology of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) syndrome, the more we realize that HIT is a rather unusual immune response. One peculiar feature of HIT is the transient character of the antibodies. After cessation of exposure to heparins, the antibodies tend to disappear after 40-100 days. If re-immunization… CONTINUE READING