Thrombocytopenia, antithrombin deficiency and extensive thromboembolism in pregnancy: treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin


Macklon, N.S., Greer, I.A., Reid, A.W. and Walker, I.D. (1995) Thrombocytopenia, antithrombin deficiency and extensive thromboembolism in pregnancy: treatment with low-molecular-weight heparin. Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis, 6, (7), 672-675. (PMID:8562839).

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Pregnancy limits the therapeutic options for managing thrombocytopenia which occurs in 5% of patients on heparin. We describe a case of extensive thromboembolism associated with antithrombin (AT) deficiency complicated by thrombocytopenia which resolved when low-molecular-weight heparin was instituted. A primigravid woman presented at 11 weeks gestation with bilateral femoral occlusive thrombi extending above the renal veins. Investigations revealed AT deficiency, thrombocytopenia and renal infarction. After low-molecular-weight heparin was substituted for unfractionated heparin, the thrombocytopenia resolved and although the pregnancy was lost, the patient made a full recovery.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0957-5235 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RB Pathology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 185707
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 13:00
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:40
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/185707

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