Platelets play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of the acute coronary syndromes, and platelet inhibition is a cornerstone in the management of these patients. Patients with profound thrombocytopenia who present with an acute coronary syndrome present a difficult challenge. The authors report a patient with immune thrombocytopenic purpura who presented with acute myocardial infarction despite a very low platelet count and who sustained recurrent infarction after receiving immune globulin treatment. The best management of thrombocytopenic patients with acute coronary syndromes is uncertain, but extreme caution is needed before efforts are made to raise the platelet count in order to allow conventional treatment.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine