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.
- Face transplantation
- Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine