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  • Acute postoperative thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura following hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy for endometrial cancer GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY Hamilton, C. A., Kao, J. M., Coutre, S. E., Teng, N. N. 2007; 106 (2): 423-426


    Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) in the acute postoperative setting is a recently recognized syndrome that, similar to classic or idiopathic TTP, presents variably with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, fever, renal failure, and mental status changes. Though most reports of postoperative TTP are in conjunction with cardiac or vascular surgery, it has also been reported following orthopedic and abdominal surgeries.We present a case of a 53 year-old female diagnosed with metastatic poorly differentiated endometrial cancer who developed TTP the day following her cytoreductive cancer surgery.To our knowledge, this represents the first reported case of postoperative TTP following gynecologic cancer surgery. Because the presentation can be confused with other early postoperative complications, awareness of this syndrome is essential as initiation of plasmapheresis can be life-saving.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ygyno.2007.04.005

    View details for Web of Science ID 000248585700023

    View details for PubMedID 17499845

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