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Erman Öztürk, Ferit Onur Mutluer
In cardiology practice, anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapies are essential for most patients. As of yet, there is no high quality evidence regarding these treatments in thrombocytopenic patients, which continues to be an issue. Thrombocytopenia is defined as a platelet count of <150x109/L and is classified as severe when the platelet count is <50x109/L. Pseudothrombocytopenia, drug-induced thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura are some of the main causes of thrombocytopenia...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Annabelle de St Maurice, Luke Nyakarahuka, Lawrence Purpura, Elizabeth Ervin, Alex Tumusiime, Stephen Balinandi, Jackson Kyondo, Sophia Mulei, Patrick Tusiime, Craig Manning, Pierre E Rollin, Barbara Knust, Trevor Shoemaker
BACKGROUND: Rift Valley Fever virus (RVF) is a zoonotic virus in the Phenuiviridae family. RVF outbreaks can cause significant morbidity and mortality in humans and animals. Following the diagnosis of two RVF cases in March 2016 in southern Kabale district, Uganda, we conducted a knowledge, attitudes and practice (KAP) survey to identify knowledge gaps and at-risk behaviors related to RVF. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A multidisciplinary team interviewed 657 community members, including abattoir workers, in and around Kabale District, Uganda...
March 5, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
P Moncharmont
Platelet transfusion in patients, particularly in onco-haematology, is frequent and can become chronic in some cases. Post-transfusion alloimmunization is often seen, in practice. The risk of this is significantly improved in multitransfused patients. Several classes of antigens binding on platelets (HLA and HPA) are involved and also red blood cell antigens (residual red blood cells in platelet concentrates). Platelet alloimmunization causes a poor transfusion response, refractoriness and, more rarely, post-transfusion purpura...
February 22, 2018: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
Esra Terzi Demirsoy, Ozgur Mehtap, Elif Birtas Atesoglu, Pinar Tarkun, Necmi Eren, Ayfer Gedük, Abdullah Hacihanefioglu
Most commonly seen side effects with Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI's) are hematologic toxicities. Besides, with dasatinib autoimmune side effects can be seen. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life- threatening disease that can be related to various causes mainly autoimmune disorders or antineoplastic drugs. Few cases of TKI associated secondary thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) have been reported in literature. Most of cases were diagnosed as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) rather than TTP...
February 9, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Riley Dean, Alison M Messer, Melanie Pickett, Richard Jahan-Tigh
Cutaneous leukocytoclastic vasculitis (LCV) is type of small vessel vasculitis that commonly presents as palpable purpura involving the lower extremities and buttocks. Approximately half of cases are idiopathic, but the disease may be triggered by infection, drug reaction, inflammatory disease, or other causes. We report a case of leukocytoclastic vasculitis secondary to the novel anticoagulant rivaroxaban (Xarelto®).
November 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Ryan Sugarman, Andrea M Tufano, Johnson M Liu
A 67-year-old right-handed woman presented with dysarthria, left upper extremity weakness and right-sided neglect of 3 hours duration. Imaging of the brain revealed acute right middle cerebral artery stroke; however, tissue plasminogen activator could not be administered due to severe thrombocytopenia. A peripheral smear revealed schistocytes and the patient was treated empirically for thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) with therapeutic plasma exchange. An extensive workup revealed no embolic source or other cause for stroke, and a diagnosis of large vessel infarct secondary to TTP was made...
February 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Nicholas Bercovici, Kristen Russomanno, Frank Santoro, Christopher Scola, Michael Murphy, Zendee Elaba
Injection drug abuse (IDA) is known to cause a spectrum of systemic and cutaneous complications. Despite the increasing incidence of IDA around the world, there is a paucity of literature discussing cutaneous complications from a dermatopathologic perspective. We present a case of a 35-year-old male with a complex medical history of Von Willebrand disease, Behcet's disease and diverticular disease. Following a sigmoidectomy/colostomy for diverticular perforation, he presented with fever and an indurated right arm displaying livedoid purpura...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
S Mota, C Filipe, A L Almeida
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) are acute, rare, life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathies that require swift management. We report a case of acute microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia (MAHA) presenting in perioperative setting. CLINICAL CASE: After hepatic pericystectomy for hydatid cyst, a 46-year-old female developed MAHA, thrombocytopenia and acute renal failure in the immediate postoperative period...
February 6, 2018: Revista Española de Anestesiología y Reanimación
Lucy Fox, Solomon J Cohney, Joshua Y Kausman, Jake Shortt, Peter D Hughes, Erica M Wood, Nicole M Isbel, Theo de Malmanche, Anne Durkan, Pravin Hissaria, Piers Blombery, Thomas D Barbour
Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) arises in a variety of clinical circumstances with the potential to cause significant dysfunction of the kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal tract and heart. TMA should be considered in all patients with thrombocytopenia and anaemia, with an immediate request to the haematology laboratory to look for red cell fragments on a blood film. Whilst TMA of any aetiology generally demands prompt treatment, this is especially so in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS), where organ failure may be precipitous, irreversible and fatal...
February 8, 2018: Nephrology
Julie M Rosenthal, Mark W Johnson
Pregnancy leads to significant changes in the body, which potentially affect the retina. Pregnancy can induce disease, such as that seen in hypertensive retinopathy and choroidopathy. It can cause exudative retinal detachments in the HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and provoke arterial and venous retinal occlusive disease. Pregnancy may also exacerbate pre-existing retinal disease, such as idiopathic central serous chorioretinopathy (ICSC) and diabetic retinopathy...
January 2018: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
Srikanth Nagalla, Ravindra Sarode
There are numerous congenital and acquired causes of thrombocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia could be a result of decreased bone marrow production, increased consumption, increased destruction, splenic sequestration or a combination of these causes. In this review, we have focused on some of the serious acquired causes of thrombocytopenia. There have been some significant advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, and treatment of immune thrombocytopenia, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome over the past five years...
2018: F1000Research
Chen Makranz, Salome Khutsurauli, Yosef Kalish, Ruth Eliahou, Luna Kadouri, John Moshe Gomori, Alexander Lossos
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinical syndrome characterized by headaches, seizures, a confusional state and visual disturbances associated with transient predominantly bilateral posterior white mater magnetic resonance imaging lesions. It is primarily reported in the setting of hypertension, acute renal failure, peripartum eclampsia, autoimmune disease, immunosuppression and chemotherapy. Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) has also been reported as potential PRES inducer...
January 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Valter Romão de Souza, Ana Beatriz Cavalcante de Oliveira, Ana Maria Vanderlei, Amanda Queiroz da Mota Silveira Aroucha, Bruna Pontes Duarte, Aureli Nunes Machado, Lívia Netto Chaer, Cláudia Wanderley de Barros Correia, Maria da Conceição de Barros Correia, Manuela Freire Hazin Costa
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a very rare hereditary blood deficiency disorder of ADAMTS13 (von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease) and a life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy characterized by thrombocytopenia and microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. The deficiency in ADAMTS13 metalloprotease, which cleaves the von Willebrand factor, may be congenital or acquired. The congenital form is caused by inherited mutations in the ADAMTS13 gene. The diagnosis is challenging due to the nonspecific signs and symptoms, as well as the rarity of the disease...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Jeffrey A Gilreath, Mei Wei, Shilpa Paul, Charles J Parker, David D Stenehjem, George M Rodgers
Romiplostim is a thrombopoietin receptor agonist approved for the treatment of immune thrombocytopenia purpura. When following FDA-approved romiplostim prescribing recommendations to withhold treatment for platelet counts above 400k/µL, some patients exhibit a precipitous decline in their platelet count potentially causing patient harm. We present two cases where stable platelet counts were achieved only through persistent weekly dosing of romiplostim despite platelet counts above 400k/µL on the day of administration...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
Huifei Zhang, Xiaojie Bi, Zhengxian Su, Xi Tu, Lizhen Wang, Bo Shen
: Neonatal purpura fulminans is a rare, life-threatening disease caused by severe congenital deficiency of protein C (PC) because of homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations in the PROC gene. Mutation analysis plays a critical role in diagnosing the disorder and offering prenatal guidance. In this study, we identified a genetic defect in the PROC gene leading to neonatal purpura fulminans. The propositus had very low PC activity (4%) and PC antigen activity (5%). DNA screening of the whole PROC gene revealed two compound heterozygous mutations in exon8 (c...
January 19, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Johanna A Kremer Hovinga, Silvan R Heeb, Magdalena Skowronska, Monica Schaller
Thrombotic microangiopathies are rare disorders characterized by the concomitant occurrence of severe thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and a variable degree of ischemic end organ damage. The latter particularly affects the brain, the heart and the kidneys. The primary forms, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), although in their clinical presentation often overlapping, have distinctive pathophysiologies. TTP is the consequence of a severe ADAMTS13 deficiency, immune-mediated due to circulating autoantibodies (iTTP), or caused by mutations in the ADAMTS13 gene (cTTP)...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Osama Siddique, Anais Ovalle, Ayesha S Siddique, Steven F Moss
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infects approximately half the world's population and is especially prevalent in the developing world. H. pylori is as an important cause of global ill health due to its known etiological role in peptic ulcer disease, dyspepsia, gastric cancer, lymphoma and, more recently recognised in iron deficiency anemia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. Increased antibiotic usage worldwide has led to antibiotic resistance among many bacteria, including H. pylori, resulting in falling success rates of first-line anti-H...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Dianne Clifton, Margaret Ross, Clare O'Callaghan
Despite widespread steroid usage for treating hematological conditions, minimal attention focuses on associated psychiatric side-effects. In the present study, we examined hematology patients' experiences of high-dose steroid treatment. This was undertaken by the use of a qualitative, descriptive design, which included convenience sampling and the inductive, cyclic, and constant comparative thematic analysis of interview transcripts. Eighteen patients participated, who were diagnosed with lymphoma, myeloma, leukemia, or idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura...
January 18, 2018: Nursing & Health Sciences
Akira Komori, Daisuke Mizu, Koichi Ariyoshi
BACKGROUND: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a condition characterized by seizures, altered consciousness, visual disturbances, and headache. Characteristic findings on neuroimaging include cerebral edema, typically involving the parieto-occipital white matter. PRES has been associated with hypertension, autoimmune disease, and Henoch-Schölein purpura (HSP), but few cases have been reported, and fewer cases of PRES have been reported in children. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 4-year-old girl who presented with blindness and semi-consciousness...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Cindy E Neunert
Immune thrombocytopenia resulting from antibody-mediated platelet destruction combined with impaired platelet production is a common cause of thrombocytopenia. The decision to treat newly diagnosed patients is based on several factors including ceasing hemorrhagic manifestations, increasing the platelet count, prevention of bleeding, and inducing remission. Current standard first-line therapy is a course of corticosteroids. Although this treatment paradigm increases the platelet count in the majority of patients, a high percentage relapse after discontinuation of corticosteroid therapy...
November 14, 2017: Blood Advances
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