ALLAN I. HARRIS, M.D.; RICHARD J. MEYER, M.D.; EUGENE A. BRODY, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The association of thrombocytopenia with viral infections such as rubeola, rubella, varicella, mumps, and infectious mononucleosis has been well documented (1). In congenital and pediatric populations, thrombocytopenia (2), as well as hemolytic anemia (3), have occurred with cytomegalovirus infection. Recently, two reports have appeared that suggest a link between this virus and adult thrombocytopenic purpura (1, 4). We have recently encountered a case of thrombocytopenic purpura and hemolysis due to cytomegalovirus in an adult. To our knowledge, this entity has not heretofore been described in the adult.
A 27-year-old white man presented at the Mt. Sinai Hospital with thrombocytopenia and
HARRIS AI, MEYER RJ, BRODY EA. Cytomegalovirus-Induced Thrombocytopenia and Hemolysis in an Adult. Ann Intern Med. ;83:670–671. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-5-670
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(5):670-671.
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