Case 21 – update 4

The haematology team have reviewed our thrombocytopenic patient.  Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia is deemed unlikely as the HIT score is low and obstetric patients are low risk according to BCSH guidelines.

One concern is the diagnosis of Post-Transfusion Purpura.  This is is a rare complication of blood transfusion and typically occurs around a week post transfusion.

Questions:

  • Why is PTP now rare?
  • How is it managed?
  • How do you confirm the diagnosis?

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