MARTIN J. RAFF, M.D.
To the editor: Although thrombocytopenia has been implicated several times as a possible complication of therapy with lincomycin or 7-chlorlincomycin (1), a case has not yet been published in the literature.
On 5 October 1972 a 56-year-old alcoholic black man was admitted to Louisville General Hospital with a diagnosis of aspiration pneumonia. Although no platelet count was obtained on admission, his peripheral smear showed 10 to 13 platelets per high-powered field. Intravenous therapy with lincomycin, 6 g/day, was begun on 6 October; when spontaneous epistaxis and petechiae appeared on 9 October, his platelet count was found to be 34 000/mm3.
MARTIN J. RAFF. Lincomycin: Thrombocytopenia?. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:779. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-779_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):779.
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