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Transient Remission After Acute Respiratory Infection in Patients with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: Report of Five Cases

YOSHIYUKl KURATA, M.D.; TADAHIRO TSUBAKIO, M.D.; TAKESHI YONEZAWA, M.D.; SEIICHIRO TARUI, M.D.; and TERUO KITANI, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Yoshiyuki Kurata, M.D.; Department of Clinical Research, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation; 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road; La Jolla, CA 92037.


Osaka and Suita, Japan


© 1982 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(4):553-555. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-97-4-553
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We describe five patients with chronic idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura who had transient remission after acute respiratory infection. The level of platelet-associated IgG, measured in three of these patients, was increased before infection but was normal when the platelet count was elevated. The level of circulating immune complexes did not show any significant change. We conclude that the elevation of platelet count after acute respiratory infection was due to the decreased production of platelet autoantibody.

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