What are the racial predilections of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)?

Updated: Apr 24, 2018
  • Author: Sancar Eke, MD, FASN; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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A study by Lewis et al reported that white patients had significantly less risk than nonwhite patients for thrombotic events, irrespective of the heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) presentation. [29] This study showed that nonwhites are approximately 2-3 times more likely than whites to progress to a HIT-associated thrombotic outcome, particularly with regard to new thromboses.


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