Courtney Martin, DO

TTP: Rapid diagnosis and management

You are working at a tertiary care center and a 55-year-old woman is transferred to you from an outside hospital for severe persistent thrombocytopenia of unknown origin. On arrival, she is mildly confused and tachycardic. The platelet count is 7K and the hemoglobin is 5.8. Peripheral blood smear demonstrates schistocytes consistent with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. The diagnosis of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is suspected. TTP is a hematologic emergency: what are the next steps in management?

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Back to Basics: Pseudogout

 

Pseudogout

· Aka Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease (CPPD)

· Findings:

o Deposits of calcium pyrophosphate crystals within the joint space-> seen as chondrocalcinosis (calcification of the cartilage) on x-ray

· Affected Groups:

o Age >50 years

o Both genders impacted equally

o Hemochromatosis

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