What are potential complications of thrombolytic therapy?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Wanda L Rivera-Bou, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Prior to thrombolytic therapy, risk assessment is mandatory. Particular safety concerns surround the use of thrombolytic therapy to treat anticoagulated and unconscious patients. [66]

Complications of thrombolytic therapy include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Embolism
  • Stroke
  • Reperfusion arrhythmias

Clinicians must be prepared to handle such complications in a timely manner.


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