Recognition and management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and thrombosis.

An immune response to heparin, which is clinically manifested by the development of thrombocytopenia with or without thrombosis, is stimulated by a complex of heparin with platelet factor 4 (PF4). The primary thrombotic events in patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) are more frequently venous than arterial. The development of antibodies… CONTINUE READING