What is the role of platelet transfusion in the management 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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Platelet transfusions should be avoided in HIT, as they may increase the thrombogenic effect. [55] Guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) suggest limiting platelet transfusions to patients with severe thrombocytopenia who are experiencing bleeding or undergoing an invasive procedure with a high risk of bleeding. [43]

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