STUART E. LIND, M.D.
To the editor: Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare disease characterized by extensive microvascular thromboses. Although the case report of Harkness and colleagues ( 1 ) suggested that platelet transfusions could worsen the clinical course of this disorder, little has been written about this point in the past 5 years. A patient seen at this hospital recently raised the question once again of the dangers of platelet transfusions in this disorder.
A 22-year-old woman was transferred with the diagnosis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura 4 days after giving birth. She had entered her local hospital in labor on her due date
LIND SE. Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Platelet Transfusion. Ann Intern Med. ;106:478. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-3-478_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(3):478.
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