Raphael B. Stricker, MD
To the Editors: Rüttimann and colleagues (1), in their analysis of the complete blood count as a case-finding tool, discovered four young men with unexplained thrombocytopenia. Despite the fact that thrombocytopenia is a well-known finding in early human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (2), apparently these men were not tested for HIV as part of their workup. In view of the potential latency of HIV disease, this "important disorder" certainly could have been missed.
Stricker RB. Thrombocytopenia as a Clue to HIV. Ann Intern Med. ;117:94. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-1-94_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(1):94.
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