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Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia in Patients Undergoing Valvular and Aortic Surgery: A Modern Assessment of Risk

Dr. Lattouf talks with a patient as they walk down the hallway.
Dr. Lattouf talks with a patient as they walk down the hallway.
Omar M Lattouf, MD, PhD talks with patient

The incidence and outcomes of patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) are well defined for general cardiac surgical populations. The purpose of this study was to define the outcomes of patients with HIT in a population excluding patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Patients who developed HIT after non-CABG cardiac surgery experienced increased postoperative rates of morbidity and mortality. Early diagnosis and treatment remained mainstays of therapy. Early identification of patients at highest risk should prompt careful risk stratification when possible.

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