Perioperative management of partial face transplantation involving a heparin antibody-positive donor

Thomas Edrich*, Bohdan Pomahac, Jeffrey T. Lu, Gregory Stephen Couper, Peter Gerner

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Abstract

Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is an immunologic condition that may lead to thrombosis. We present a case of face transplantation from a donor who had suffered a severe stroke, possibly from HIT, during cardiac surgery. The procedure was planned to include full heparinization. The anesthesia team was involved in the early planning phase and had detailed access to the donor's medical history; alternative anticoagulation for the donor and recipient was suggested so as to avoid a possible complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-321
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • Face transplantation
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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