Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a potentially life-threatening, adverse effect of heparin therapy. Patients with this complication require an alternative approach to anticoagulation. Bivalirudin is a direct thrombin inhibitor with an efficacy comparable to that of heparin, a short half-life, and reduced bleeding complications in adults. We present the case of a 2-year-old boy with HIT Type II who underwent recanalization of an occluded superior vena cava and stent placement, utilizing bivalirudin as anticoagulant.
- Congenital heart disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine