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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 190-192

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura and tuberculosis: a rare association with management implications


Department of General Medicine, M.E.S. Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala, India

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Cherumkuzhiyil Abdulla Mansoor
Department of General Medicine, M.E.S. Medical College, Perinthalmanna, Kerala 679338
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ejh.ejh_8_19

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Immune thrombocytopenia is a rare hematological manifestation associated with tuberculosis (TB). A 68-year-old postmenopausal woman was admitted to our hospital with fever and headache for 3 months and lower limb petechial rash since 1 day. She was evaluated and diagnosed to have central nervous system TB. She also had isolated thrombocytopenia and elevated platelet-associated IgG antibodies with a normal bone marrow study. Steroids combined with anti-TB drugs corrected thrombocytopenia and cured TB. We describe a rare hematological manifestation associated with TB and its management to make the readers aware of such unusual presentations of TB.


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