Heparin induced thrombocytopenia causing life-threatening postoperative haemorrhage

P Rice, S Dace, M F McMullin, W D Clements

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Heparin is ubiquitously employed in surgery in the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disorders. A small but significant number of patients receiving heparin develop thrombocytopenia and are at risk of both serious thromboembolic disease and haemorrhage. A case is reported where a young woman developed life-threatening postoperative haemorrhage associated with heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-5
Number of pages2
JournalThe British journal of clinical practice
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Heparin
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Hemorrhage
  • Thrombocytopenia


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