KEN SATOH, M.D.; HOYU TAKAHASHI, M.D.; KOICHI NAGAI, M.D.; AKIRA SHIBATA, M.D.
To the editor: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is characterized by consumptive thrombocytopenia, microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, and clinical symptoms and signs caused by multiple organ ischemia. The pathogenetic mechanism is still unknown and the clinical course sometimes leads to death. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura may develop from several disorders including viral infections such as herpes simplex, measles, infectious mononucleosis, Coxsackie B, and influenza A (1-3). We report the case of a patient with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura associated with herpes zoster infection.
A 19-year-old woman had a severe pain on her abdominal skin in February 1987 and eruption and vesicles formed. One week later
SATOH K, TAKAHASHI H, NAGAI K, SHIBATA A. Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Herpes Zoster Infection. Ann Intern Med. ;108:154–155. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-154_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):154-155.
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