CHRISTINE WALSH, M.D.; ROBERT KRIGEL, M.D.; EVELYN LENNETTE, Ph.D.; SIMON KARPATKIN, M.D.
Thirty-three homosexual patients with thrombocytopenia (mean [± SE] platelet count, 50 000 ± 7000/mm3; range, 7 to 135 000/mm3) have been followed for a mean period of 20 ± 2 months. Six patients have developed the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome 1 to 37 months after the diagnosis of thrombocytopenia. Six patients spontaneously reverted to normal platelet counts 5 to 27 months (median, 10 months) after the diagnosis of thrombocytopenia, in the absence of splenectomy and while not receiving corticosteroids. Sixteen of seventeen patients had a moderate to excellent response while on corticosteroid treatment. Ten of ten patients had an excellent response to splenectomy which has persisted. Fifteen patients did not require treatment for their thrombocytopenia. Thirteen of fourteen patients had antibody against the retrovirus associated with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, as did 4 of 12 homosexual controls without thrombocytopenia. Thrombocytopenia in homosexuals is part of the complex related to the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
WALSH C, KRIGEL R, LENNETTE E, et al. Thrombocytopenia in Homosexual Patients: Prognosis, Response to Therapy, and Prevalence of Antibody to the Retrovirus Associated with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:542–545. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-4-542
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(4):542-545.
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