This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. List the diagnostic criteria for TTS
2. Describe the treatment for TTS
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
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Faculty: Ashley Comfort, MD, has a financial interest in Pfizer and has no other conflicts of interest to disclose.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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Although very rare, thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) has been associated with AD26.COV2.S (J&J) vaccine in the US and similar events have been documented outside the US with use of the CHaDOx1 nCov-19 (AstraZeneca) vaccine. This syndrome has been referred to by alternate names in the literature, including vaccine-induced prothrombotic immune thrombocytopenia (VIPIT) or ‘vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT)’. TTS is being used by the FDA and CDC. The American Society of Hematology has provided guidance on diagnosis and when to refer.
Note: In early stage of TTS, thrombosis may be present prior to platelet count decrease
Note: Do not use non-ELISA rapid immunoassays for HIT | Non-ELISA tests are not sufficiently sensitive nor specific for TTS
Imaging for Thrombosis
While waiting for PF4 ELISA
If thrombocytopenia but no thrombosis and negative PF4 ELISA, likely ITP
Microangiopathy with red cell fragmentation and hemolysis have not been features of reported cases, thus distinguishing this syndrome from TTP/HUS is straightforward
Avoid platelet transfusions unless other treatments have been initiated AND life-threatening bleeding or imminent surgery
Consider referral to tertiary care center if TTS is confirmed
American Society of Hematology: Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (also termed Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia)
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