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A case of immune thrombocytopenic purpura complicated by HELLP syndrome

S Prithipal


The combination of immune thrombocytopenic purpura and haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) syndrome is rare, with only two previous case reports published. Management of the two conditions is vastly different, and the diagnosis of HELLP syndrome superimposed on immune thrombocytopenic purpura may be difficult, resulting in delayed management.

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S Prithipal, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2019;25(1):4. DOI:10.7196/sajog.1353

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Date submitted: 2018-05-02
Date published: 2019-08-27

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