Mycoplasma pneumonia infection: A possible trigger for immune thrombocytopenia

Shraga Aviner, Hagit Miskin, Daniel London, Shulamith Horowitz, Menachem Schlesinger

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Abstract

Mycoplasma pneumonia (M. pneumonia) is usually not considered among the several pathogens that induce immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). We report a child with a clinical diagnosis of severe ITP that was associated with M. pneumonia pneumonia, and review the few cases described in the English literature. We suggest that thrombocytopenia associated with M. pneumonia infection may constitute a subset of ITP, although unlike ITP it occurs concomitantly with the infection and tends to be more severe than "classic" ITP. We recommend that prompt specific antibiotic and immune modulating treatment should be initiated in appropriate clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Hematology and Blood Transfusion
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Immune
  • Mycoplasma
  • Pneumonia
  • Thrombocytopenia

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