n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - A fatal complication after repair of post-infarction ventricular septal rupture : heparin-induced thrombocytopenia with thrombosis : case report

Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare but potentially devastating and life-threatening complication from using heparin. HIT not only causes thrombocytopenia, but it also carries an increased risk for fatal thrombotic complications. In this report, we describe the case of a patient in whom fatal HIT developed after successful surgical repair of a posterior post-infarction ventricular septal rupture with cardiopulmonary bypass.

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