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Vox Sang. 1984;47(1):68-72.

Malaria-induced immune thrombocytopenia.


On return from Liberia, a previously healthy 36-year-old man showed signs of malaria accompanied by severe haemolysis and slight thrombocytopenia. We found evidence of a platelet-associated IgG being responsible for the thrombocytopenia, inasmuch as the direct platelet suspension immunofluorescence test was strongly positive, the indirect immunofluorescence test and tests for drug-dependent antibodies at the same time being negative. We suggest that autoimmunity may be a contributing mechanism for platelet destruction in acute malaria.

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