Courtney O’Rourke

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Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)

Heparin can lower the platelet count through two mechanisms: a direct effect on platelets that occurs within 2 days, usually resolves despite continued therapy, and is of no clinical consequence, or immune heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). The information below covers only (immune) HIT, a life-threatening condition with a high thrombosis risk caused by platelet-activating HIT antibodies.…

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