Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura is a rare condition that presents with microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopaenia, fever, renal impairment and neurological symptoms. Plasma exchange is a lifesaving treatment for this condition. However, some cases may be non-responsive to plasma exchange, or loss of response may occur. Treatment options for refractory cases include high-dose corticosteroids, rituximab, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, splenectomy, bortezomib and N-acetylcysteine. We present a refractory case of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura responding to the last of these therapies.