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Tuberculosis presenting as immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
Although various hematologic abnormalities are seen in tuberculosis, immune thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare event.
CASE PRESENTATION:
We report a case of a 29 year-old male who was presented with immune thrombocytopenia-induced hemoptysis, macroscopic hematuria and generalized petechiae. The patient was found to have clinical, microbiological and radiological evidence of active pulmonary tuberculosis. The immune thrombocytopenic purpura was successfully treated with anti-tuberculous drugs combined with corticosteroids and high dose immune globulin therapy.
CONCLUSION:
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura can be one of the hematological manifestations of tuberculosis which has a global prevalence with increasing incidence secondary to HIV infection.
AuthorsFahir Ozkalemkas, Ridvan Ali, Atilla Ozkan, Tulay Ozcelik, Vildan Ozkocaman, Esra Kunt-Uzaslan, Beril Bahadir-Erdogan, Halis Akalin
JournalAnnals of clinical microbiology and antimicrobials (Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob) Vol. 3 Pg. 16 (Sep 6 2004) ISSN: 1476-0711 [Electronic] England
PMID15350205 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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