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Case 86 – part C2

Thanks for your help with this short case. We examined this blood film of an unwell female: The most striking abnormality is red cell fragmentation. This can be seen in: AIHA/Evans’ syndrome DIC Pregnancy-associated (HELLP, pre-eclampsia, malignant hypertension, fatty liver of … Continue reading

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Case 86 – part 3A

A 32 year old female presents with headaches, visual disturbance and fever. Hb 92g/L MCV 99fl Platelets 38×109/l WCC and differential – mild neutrophilia Questions Name some features of the blood film? What are the differential diagnosis? What further investigations … Continue reading

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Case 76 – summary

This case focussed on a newly diagnosed patient with haemophilia A. The patient was three days old and presented non-specifically unwell and feeding poorly. The differential here is wide from sepsis to hypoglycaemia to congenital heart defects and metabolic disorders. … Continue reading

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Case 76 – update 4

Our patient is doing well with recombinant VIII replacement. Monitoring scans reveal shrinking of the haemorrhage. On further questioning his mother suffered bleeding post dental extraction requiring re-packing and menorrhagia along with easy bruising. Haemophilia A is an X linked … Continue reading

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Case 76 – update 3

Our patient is started on recombinant factor VIII replacement and achieves a trough level of 100%. Neurosurgery is not required. Genetic samples are sent to examine the F8 gene to see where the mutation is as this can help investigate … Continue reading

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Case 76 – update 2

Factor assays are back. IX, XI and XII are within normal limits for neonates but VIII is <1%. This confirms the diagnosis of severe haemophilia A.   The child is transferred to the regional haemophilia centre for intensive VIII replacement … Continue reading

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Case 76 – update 1

Our three day old child is admitted unwell and has deranged clotting with a markedly prolonged APTT. The team wanted an ultrasound scan which confirms a small intraparenchymal bleed. Repeat coagulation testing shows: PT 18s (12-14 adult) APTT 92s (30-38 … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1 – summary

We started with a 72 year old gentleman who was having an elective pacemaker insertion. He had an isolated prolonged APTT and we have previously used the following flow chart to make a diagnosis:   It should be remembered that … Continue reading

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Case 64 – part 1c

Our patient has a long APTT and has a haematoma and extensive bruising following pacemaker insertion. He is not on any anticoagulation, but does not have any previous clotting screens to compare to. Given the bleeding history, FFP is administered … Continue reading

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Case 37 part 2 – summary

The key to this mini case was the history. The patient had had numerous previous operations without problems. Therefore inherited bleeding disorder is unlikely. The clotting screen had previously been normal so an acquired problem is what we’re dealing with. … Continue reading

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