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Anne Zufferey, Rick Kapur, John W Semple
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is a complex autoimmune disease characterized by low  platelet counts. The pathogenesis of ITP remains unclear although both antibody-mediated and/or  T cell-mediated platelet destruction are key processes. In addition, impairment of T cells, cytokine  imbalances, and the contribution of the bone marrow niche have now been recognized to be  important. Treatment strategies are aimed at the restoration of platelet counts compatible with  adequate hemostasis rather than achieving physiological platelet counts...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Yumi Nozaki, Megumi Koshiishi, Yuki Sueki, Ichirou Kawashima, Takeo Yamamoto, Kei Nakajima, Toru Mitsumori, Keita Kirito
A 60-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with anemia and thrombocytopenia. Serum testing showed platelet-associated IgG elevation and she was positive on the direct and indirect Coombs tests. Together with bone marrow examination, these findings indicated a diagnosis of Evans syndrome. At diagnosis, she also had an IgM-κ type of monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance. Initially, we administered steroids and her hemolytic anemia showed improvement. In contrast, only transient recovery of platelet counts was observed and her platelet counts rapidly decreased after steroid dose reduction...
March 2015: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
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