Pronounced: Hep-AH-ren IN-do-ced Thrombo-s-EYE-toe-PEE-nee-a
Platelets are a special type of blood cell. They help form clots so that you do not bleed too much. Heparin is a blood-thinning medication that decreases clotting.
Thrombocytopenia means low blood platelet count. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is low blood platelet count caused by heparin. This condition can lead to a lot of bleeding. In some cases, it can also develop into excessive blood clotting.
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Last reviewedAugust 2013by Igor Puzanov, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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