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Case Rep Emerg Med. 2013;2013:782386. doi: 10.1155/2013/782386. Epub 2013 May 9.

Purpura Fulminans following Thermal Injury.

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  • 1Institute of Burn Research, Southwest Hospital, The Third Military Medical University, Shapingba District, Chongqing 400038, China.


Purpura fulminans is a rare syndrome of intravascular thrombosis and hemorrhagic infarction of the skin, which is an unusual cutaneous manifestation of disseminated intravascular coagulation. It often occurs in small children and babies due to infection and/or sepsis, rarely in adults in clinic. We report the first case of deadly purpura fulminans following thermal injury in a 64-year-old Chinese woman. The purpura developed sharply and aggravated multiple organ dysfunction. The patient died of purpura fulminans, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.

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