Coagulation laboratory tests

Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH)

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Jeremy C. Parsons, M.D.
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Definition / general
Cite this page: Parsons JC. Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). website. Accessed November 29th, 2023.
Definition / general
  • Recommended to monitor using chromogenic antifactor Xa assay on specimens obtained up to 4 hours after subcutaneous injection of LMWH (Chest 2001;119:64S)
  • Recommended to use different calibrations for LMWH and unfractionated heparin, and to establish calibration curves for each lot and type of LMWH
  • Don’t use PTT to monitor because LMWH doesn’t affect thrombin or factor IXa
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