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J Clin Apher. 2007 Feb;22(1):37-49.

Journey in reverse: TTP from bedside to blood bank to bench.

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Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA. jmoake@rice.edu

Abstract

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is the most extensive and dangerous intravascular platelet clumping disorder. For more than a half-century after its initial recognition, mortality was near 100% and the etiology totally obscure. Then, in the late 1970s to early 1980s, empiric, but successful, therapy by a few clinician/blood bank partnerships was followed by sudden laboratory insight into pathophysiology. The discussion that follows was prepared in conjunction with the 2006 Francis Morrison, M.D., Memorial Lecture at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Apheresis.

PMID:
17123314
DOI:
10.1002/jca.20110
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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