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Multiple Coronary Artery Graft Occlusion in a Fatal Case of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

Allen P. Burke; Thomas Mezzetti; Andrew Farb; Edward R. Zech; Renu Virmani
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Affiliations: From the Department of Cardiovascular Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC,  From the Departments of Thoracic Surgery and Pathology, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD

Renu Virmani, MD, Chairperson, Department of Cardiovascular Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000; e-mail: burke@email.afip.osd.mll


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;114(5):1492-1495. doi:10.1378/chest.114.5.1492
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Abstract

Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a potentially life-threatening condition when immune-mediated platelet aggregation results in thromboembolic complications. A case is detailed of multiple saphenous vein graft thromboses and cardiac mural thrombi in a patient who died from complications of HIT.


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