An 8-year-old hospitalized patient is receiving subcutaneous heparin. Which of the following would be considered a side effect of heparin?


•Heparin is an anticoagulant drug that inhibits the conversion of prothrombin to thrombin. Heparin can cause a decreased platelet count, known as thrombocytopenia, which increases bleeding risk.

•Other adverse reactions/side effects may include rashes, urticaria (itching), anemia, fever, and alopecia and osteoporosis (both with long term use)

•Incorrect: Leukopenia is a decrease in white blood cells and is not usually not associated with heparin.

•Incorrect: Diarrhea and tinnitus are not associated with heparin use.

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