CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Cardiac Critical Care TSS 2022; 06(03): 222-224
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1759811
Case Report

Heparin-Induced Fever in a Cardiac Transplant Candidate

Payal Rohit Patel
1   Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in Saint Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Bria Giacomino
2   Department of Cardiology, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Funding None.


Patient admitted to intensive care units frequently have fevers. A less common cause for fever is a drug-induced fever. For patients who are candidates for heart transplantation, persistent fevers can place a hold on their transplant candidacy until the etiology is found and the fevers resolve. We present a case of a patient with dilated cardiomyopathy who experienced fevers thought secondary to heparin that improved only with discontinuation of therapy and later underwent successful heart transplantation. Only three prior case reports of heparin-induced fevers are currently described in literature.

Publication History

Article published online:
03 December 2022

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