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Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and systemic lupus erythematosus: Successful management of a rare presentation

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Author(s): George Pratish | Das Jasmine | Pawar Basant | Kakkar Naveen

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 12;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 128;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Plasma exchange | systemic lupus erythematosus | thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

ABSTRACT
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) very rarely present simultaneously and pose a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma to the critical care team. Prompt diagnosis and management with plasma exchange and immunosuppression is life-saving. A patient critically ill with TTP and SLE, successfully managed in the acute period of illness with plasma exchange, steroids and mycophenolate mofetil is described.
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