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Heparine induced thrombocytopenia

Yuhang Zhou, Shaji Abraham, Stephanie Renna, Leonard C Edelstein, Carol A Dangelmaier, Alexander Y Tsygankov, Satya P Kunapuli, Paul F Bray, Steven E McKenzie
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the role of T-cell ubiquitin ligand-2 (TULA-2) in the platelet Fc receptor for IgG IIA (FcγRIIA) pathway and in the pathogenesis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). APPROACH AND RESULTS: HIT is a life-threatening thrombotic disease in which IgG antibodies against the heparin-platelet factor 4 complex activate platelets via FcγRIIA. We reported previously differential expression of TULA-2 in human population was linked to FcγRIIA responsiveness...
October 20, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
H Zöllner, R Jouni, S Panzer, A Khadour, L Janzen, J Wesche, M Ten Berg, S Schellong, A Heinken, A Greinacher, T Bakchoul
BACKGROUND: Protamine (PRT) is used to stabilize insulin in Neutral Protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin, a commonly used therapeutic agent for diabetes mellitus. Immunization against PRT/heparin-complexes is common in diabetic patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of NPH-insulin on the interaction between anti-PRT/heparin antibodies and platelets. METHODS: The interaction between NPH-insulin and anti-PRT/heparin antibodies was tested using in-house enzyme immunoassays...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Giulio Illuminati, Francesco G Calio', Giulia Pizzardi, Chiara Amatucci, Federica Masci, Piergaspare Palumbo
INTRODUCTION: Intra and perioperative anticoagulation in patients with heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), candidates for peripheral vascular surgery remains a challenge, as the best alternative to heparin has not yet been established. We evaluated the off-label use of fondaparinux in four patients with HIT, undergoing peripheral vascular surgery procedures. PRESENTATION OF CASES: Four patients of whom 3 men of a mean age of 66 years, with proven heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) underwent two axillo-femoral bypasses, one femoro-popliteal bypass and one resection of a splenic artery aneurysm under fondaparinux...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Katherine J Hahn, Shannon J Morales, James H Lewis
Anticoagulants are a well known cause of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). We recently encountered a 45-year-old male who developed DILI during treatment with enoxaparin, a low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH), for dural venous thrombosis. The man received enoxaparin 80 mg subcutaneously, twice daily. After 4 days, the patient was asymptomatic but he developed liver aminotransferase elevations: AST 340 U/L and ALT 579 U/L. Investigation revealed an R ratio of 19.9 by day 5 and a Roussel Uclaf Causality Assessment Method score of 10, giving a high probable likelihood that enoxaparin was the cause of hepatic injury...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Ankeet A Choxi, Prakash A Patel, John G Augoustides, Julio Benitez-Lopez, Jacob T Gutsche, Hani Murad, Yiliam F Rodriguez-Blanco, Michael Fabbro, Kendall P Crookston, Neal S Gerstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 9, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Jin Han Lim, Kyung Pyo Kang, Sik Lee, Sung Kwang Park, Won Kim
Heparin has remained the most commonly used anticoagulant for patients undergoing hemodialysis. It is usually safe to use but can have severe adverse effects in some cases. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a life-threatening complication of exposure to heparin. It results from an autoantibody directed against endogenous platelet factor 4 (PF4) in complex with heparin, which activates platelets and can cause catastrophic arterial and venous thromboses. Here, we present the case of an 80-year-old woman with a recent diagnosis of chronic renal failure who developed acute HIT (platelet count nadir, 15 × 10(9) /L) on day 7 of hemodialysis performed with routine heparin anticoagulation, who despite subsequent heparin-free hemodialysis (with argatroban and warfarin) developed recurrent HIT (complicated by acute cerebral infarction) on day 11 that we attributed to "rinsing" of the circuit with heparin-containing saline (3,000 units of unfractionated heparin, with subsequent saline washing) performed pre-dialysis as per routine...
October 13, 2016: Hemodialysis International
Takuma Maeda, Katsura Nakagawa, Kuniko Murata, Yoshiaki Kanaumi, Shu Seguchi, Shiori Kawamura, Mayumi Kodama, Takeshi Kawai, Isami Kakutani, Yoshihiko Ohnishi, Koichi Kokame, Hitoshi Okazaki, Shigeki Miyata
To diagnose heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), detection of platelet-activating antibodies (HIT antibodies) is crucial. However, serum platelet activation profiles vary across patients and depend on test conditions. We evaluated the association between clinical outcomes and platelet-activating profiles assessed by a platelet microparticle assay (PMA), which detects activation of washed platelets induced by HIT antibodies, in 401 consecutive patients clinically suspected of having HIT. We made modifications to the assay, such as donor selection for washed platelets that increased sensitivity...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Tamam Bakchoul, Andreas Greinacher, Theodore E Warkentin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
I J Welsby, E F Krakow, J A Heit, E C Williams, G M Arepally, S Bar-Yosef, D F Kong, S Martinelli, I Dhakal, W W Liu, J Krischer, T L Ortel
BACKGROUND: Heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a prothrombotic response to heparin therapy with platelet activating, anti-PF4/heparin antibodies leading to thrombocytopenia associated with thromboembolism. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that anti-PF4/heparin antibodies are associated with thromboembolism after cardiac surgery. METHODS: This multi-center, prospective cohort study collected laboratory and clinical data up to 30 days after surgery and longer-term clinical follow up...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Satoshi Suzuki, Shihoko Nakajima, Taiki Ando, Keisuke Oda, Manabu Sugita, Kunimi Maeda, Yutaka Nakiri, Yoshinari Takasaki
A patient with severe lupus nephritis developed thrombocytopenia during treatment with high-dose steroids. In addition to viral- or disease-induced cytopenia, the pathology was believed to arise from diverse contributing factors, such as thrombotic microangiopathy and heparin-related thrombocytopenia (HIT). By combining plasma exchange therapy and intravenous cyclophosphamide, we successfully controlled the SLE activity and improved the thrombocytopenia. An antecedent bacterial infection or SLE activity is believed to have contributed to the concurrent HIT...
2016: Case Reports in Rheumatology
Katie Ann Pivarnik, Fred Schiffman, James Sullivan, Arkadiy Finn
Low-molecular-weight heparins including enoxaparin are commonly used for anticoagulation as prophylaxis and treatment for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Prescribers of enoxaparin monitor for common side effects, such as bleeding and thrombocytopenia, but hepatotoxicity, a less common and under-reported adverse effect, may be overlooked. This report describes a case of enoxaparin-induced hepatotoxicity in a 57-year-old man who was started on the drug for a DVT. Within 3 days of taking enoxaparin, elevated transaminases were noted, and the drug was discontinued after 6 days...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Mihaela Delcea, Andreas Greinacher
The antigen in heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is expressed on platelet factor 4 (PF4) when PF4 complexes with polyanions. In recent years, biophysical tools (e. g. circular dichroism spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, isothermal titration calorimetry, x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy) have gained an important role to complement immunological and functional assays for better understanding the interaction of heparin with PF4. This allowed identification of those features that make PF4 immunogenic (e...
September 22, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Paul R Kunk, Jacqueline Brown, Melissa McShane, Surabhi Palkimas, B Gail Macik
Direct oral anticoagulants have been shown safe and effective in the treatment of pulmonary emboli and deep vein thrombi. Their role in the treatment of patients with hypercoagulability is uncertain. We designed a retrospective exploratory analysis of all patients with definite heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) that were treated with either apixaban or rivaroxaban from September 2011 through November 2015. Patients were reviewed for several clinico-pathologic features, including efficacy and safety...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Maria Boddi, Adriano Peris
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) which includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) is a severe complication in critically ill patients generally affected by multiorgan disfunction associated with immobilization also prolonged.Nowadays, VTE prophylaxis is included in the requirements of hospital accreditation and evaluation of the maintenance of standards of quality of care. ICU patients are characterized by a dynamic day-to-day variation both of thromboembolic that bleeding risk and DVT incidence in presence of thromboprophylaxis ranges between 5 and 15 %...
September 15, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Fatemeh Saheb Sharif-Askari, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Narjes Saheb Sharif-Askari
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for both thrombotic events and bleeding. The early stages of CKD are mainly associated with prothrombotic tendency, whereas in its more advanced stages, beside the prothrombotic state, platelets can become dysfunctional due to uremic-related toxin exposure leading to an increased bleeding tendency. Patients with CKD usually require anticoagulation therapy for treatment or prevention of thromboembolic diseases. However, this benefit could easily be offset by the risk of anticoagulant-induced bleeding...
September 15, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, Laetitia Coutte, Véronique Le Guern, Nathalie Morel, Gaelle Leroux, Romain Paule, Luc Mouthon, Jean-Charles Piette
The catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) develops in at least 1% of patients with antiphospholipid syndrome, either primary or associated with systemic lupus erythematosus. CAPS reveals the antiphospholipid syndrome in about 50% of cases. The CAPS is characterized by rapidly-progressive widespread thromboses mainly affecting the microvasculature in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. In a few days, the patients develop multiorgan failure with renal insufficiency with severe hypertension, pulmonary, cerebral, cardiac, digestive and/or cutaneous involvement...
September 9, 2016: La Presse Médicale
Theodore E Warkentin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Chest
Yazan Samhouri, Mohammad Telfah, Ruth Kouides, Timothy Woodlock
BACKGROUND: Thrombocytopenia is common in hospitalized patients. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a life-threatening condition which can lead to extensive thrombosis. Diagnosis of HIT relies on clinical suspicion determined by 4T score and immunoassays through testing for anti-PF4/heparin antibodies. Clinical practice guidelines published by the American Society of Hematology in 2013 recommended use of the 4T score before ordering the immunoassays as a measure of pretest probability...
2016: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Michael Nagler, Tamam Bakchoul
A rapid diagnostic work-up is required in patients with suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). However, diagnosis of HIT is challenging due to a number of practical issues and methodological limitations. Many laboratory tests and a few clinical scoring systems are available but the individual characteristics and the diagnostic accuracy of these are hard to appraise. The 4Ts score is a well evaluated clinical assessment tool with the potential to rule out HIT in many patients. Still, it requires experience and is subject to a relevant inter-observer variability...
September 8, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
M Khoury, A Pitsis, H Poumpouridou-Kioura, G Soufla, C Kanthou, N Matoula, A Angelidis, E Melissari
INTRODUCTION: Systemic anticoagulation is necessary during cardiac surgery. To date, the only well established anticoagulation protocol involves the use of heparin. However, heparin can cause heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) a potentially life threatening immune-mediated thromboembolic syndrome. Until now, devastating consequences of HIT syndrome in patients undergoing heart surgery have been described, but only postoperatively. Here we report the development of HIT syndrome during cardiac revascularization by intra-operative heparin administration in two patients previously exposed to LMWH...
October 2016: Thrombosis Research
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