What is the initial treatment 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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If heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is suspected, the first step is to discontinue all heparin products immediately and avoid any further exposure. An order to simply "discontinue heparin" may not necessarily prevent heparin exposure, because unfractionated heparin (UFH) is commonly used to flush catheters.


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