Keywords: Thrombocytopenia (PubMed Search)
Management of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)
HIT occurs when antibodies form to a Heparin-Platelet Factor 4 (PF4) complex in patients who have been exposed to Heparin.
The main clinical manifestation is thrombosis (arterial/venous). Treatment is unique in that only certain medications can be used.
Medical Management options in HIT:
So, when a patient with a history of HIT shows up in the ED with a DVT/PE or other thrombotic problem, these are your mainstay drugs.