An Analysis of Children With Brucellosis Associated With Isolated Thrombocytopenia


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AKBAYRAM S., Dogan M., AKGUN C., Peker E., Parlak M., Oner A. F.

CLINICAL AND APPLIED THROMBOSIS-HEMOSTASIS, vol.17, no.6, 2011 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1076029610382104
  • Journal Name: CLINICAL AND APPLIED THROMBOSIS-HEMOSTASIS
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus

Abstract

Hematologic abnormalities of mild anemia and leucopenia have been frequently associated with acute brucellosis, but thrombocytopenia are less frequently seen. In the present study, we documented 5 (2.6%) isolated thrombocytopenic patients with the manifestations of brucellosis observed during the course of active infection. Five (2.6%) patients, 4 boys and 1 girl, with ages ranging from 2 to 14 years, had isolated thrombocytopenic at diagnosis. In 5 (2.6%) patients, platelet counts ranged from 39 000 to 120 000/mm(3). Tube agglutination tests for brucellosis were positive for all patients (1/160-1/1280). All patients recovered completely, and their thrombocytopenia returned to normal by 2 to 4 weeks after antibiotic treatment of brucellosis. In our study, we present 5 patients with Brucella-induced thrombocytopenia mimicking idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura to emphasize the isolated thrombocytopenia and the resolution of thrombocyte counts following treatment of brucellosis.