Title

SARS-CoV-2 infection inducing immune thrombocytopenic purpura: case series

Affiliations

Advocate Christ Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Abstract

Background: Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) refers to immune-mediated destruction of platelets. Viral infections have been proposed as an etiology of ITP; antibodies developed in response to infection may cross-react with normal platelets and result in their destruction.

Case Series: We report 2 cases in which coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) likely induced severe ITP.

Conclusion: ITP may also play a role in the thrombocytopenia observed in some patients with COVID-19. ITP in this patient population may be more prevalent than currently documented.

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

34239380

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