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Induction of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura by dengue virus infection in a critical patient: Role of therapeutic plasma exchange

1 Department of Transfusion Medicine, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Clinical Hematology, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Rathindra Nath Biswas,
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Newtown, Kolkata - 700 156, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/ajts.AJTS_56_22

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) secondary to dengue fever is a very unusual occurrence. Both conditions are fatal and can result in significant mortality and morbidity if left untreated. In this case, we present a young lady who suffered dengue fever followed by microangiopathic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura, and altered sensorium. Investigations revealed microangiopathic hemolysis; there was no evidence of disseminated intravascular coagulation. As soon as, we diagnosed the patient as having TTP, we treated her with serial plasma exchange therapy, steroids, and monoclonal antibodies such as rituximab. The patient responded very well to the treatment and completely recovered from neurological symptoms and laboratory parameters also normalized. Hence, timely diagnosis and starting appropriate treatment immediately are key factors for successful outcomes.

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