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Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in a newly diagnosed pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

AbstractCONTEXT:
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma presenting as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura has not been previously reported in the literature.
CASE REPORT:
A newly diagnosed patient with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma developed thrombocytopenic purpura prior to initiation of chemotherapy. Generalized petechiae were present and peripheral smear revealed giant platelets. Drug induced and other thrombotic platelet consuming disorders were ruled out. Her platelets returned to normal after being treated with steroids.
CONCLUSIONS:
ITP can be associated with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma and can respond well to steroid treatment.
AuthorsArvinder Bir, Wiam Bshara, Marina George, Marwan G Fakih
JournalJOP : Journal of the pancreas (JOP) Vol. 7 Issue 6 Pg. 647-50 ( 2006) ISSN: 1590-8577 [Electronic] Italy
PMID17095846 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Topics
  • Adenocarcinoma (blood, complications)
  • Blood Platelets (cytology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms (pathology, secondary)
  • Middle Aged
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms (blood, complications)
  • Platelet Count
  • Purpura, Thrombocytopenic, Idiopathic (complications, diagnosis)

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