Validating 4Ts for Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a scoring tool to help determine the presence of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT), which is an adverse reaction to heparin. We hypothesize that this scoring tool will be very useful in excluding patients who are suspected of having HIT.
HIT is an immune response to heparin that can result in thrombogenic thrombocytopenia. It is often a difficult diagnosis to make, and its diagnosis is dependent upon both clinical and serologic criteria. Due to this ambiguity, increased testing and treatment may occur until serologic test results return. Recently, scoring tools have been developed to assist with the diagnosis of this disease. However, these scoring tools have yet to be validated. Thus, we plan to conduct a prospective, observational study to validate two scoring tools, the 4Ts and the Chong scale, in the diagnosis of HIT.
In order to validate these scoring tools, two physicians will independently score the 4Ts and the Chong scale for all patients suspected of having HIT. These patients will be identified if a physician has ordered HIT antibody testing using the enzyme immunoassay (EIA) method. Confirmatory testing with a serotonin release assay (SRA) will also be performed.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Scoring 4Ts and Chong scale, Blood draw
Washington Hospital Center
District of Columbia
Not yet recruiting
Washington Hospital Center
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00946400
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
The techniques used to draw blood from a vein for diagnostic purposes or for treatment of certain blood disorders such as erythrocytosis, hemochromatosis, polycythemia vera, and porphyria cutanea tarda.
Tests designed to assess language behavior and abilities. They include tests of vocabulary, comprehension, grammar and functional use of language, e.g., Development Sentence Scoring, Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Scale, Parsons Language Sample, Utah Test of Language Development, Michigan Language Inventory and Verbal Language Development Scale, Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities, Northwestern Syntax Screening Test, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Ammons Full-Range Picture Vocabulary Test, and Assessment of Children's Language Comprehension.
A highly acidic mucopolysaccharide formed of equal parts of sulfated D-glucosamine and D-glucuronic acid with sulfaminic bridges. The molecular weight ranges from six to twenty thousand. Heparin occurs in and is obtained from liver, lung, mast cells, etc., of vertebrates. Its function is unknown, but it is used to prevent blood clotting in vivo and vitro, in the form of many different salts.
A subnormal level of BLOOD PLATELETS.
Coagulant substances inhibiting the anticoagulant action of heparin.
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