What are the possible complications 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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Answer

Possible complications of HIT include the following:

  • Deep venous thrombosis

  • Pulmonary embolism

  • Myocardial infarction

  • Occlusion of limb arteries (possibly resulting in amputation)

  • Transient ischemic attack and stroke

  • Skin necrosis

  • End-organ damage (eg, adrenal, bowel, spleen, gallbladder, or hepatic infarction; renal failure)

  • Death


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