RICHARD M. HELLMAN, M.D.; DON V. JACKSON, M.D.; DAVID H. BUSS, M.D.
Thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and renal failure are features common to both hemolytic-uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, with neurologic disturbances being more frequently observed in the latter disorder. The causes of these syndromes are unknown. Neither the occurrence of hemolytic-uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in the same family nor tissue-typing using the HLA system in siblings with these disorders has been previously reported. The cases described below occurred 6½ years apart in HLA-identical brothers. Although features of these two cases appear sufficiently different to allow separation into thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolytic-uremic syndrome, the unique occurrence in brothers
HELLMAN RM, JACKSON DV, BUSS DH. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome in HLA-Identical Siblings. Ann Intern Med. ;93:283–284. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-283
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):283-284.
Coagulopathies, Hematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Platelet Disorders, Red Cell Disorders.
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