Sudden death due to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
This case studies the clinical, laboratory, and pathologic findings observed in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Although TTP is a well-recognized syndrome, it is frequently undetected antemortem and represents a rare cause of sudden death. We recently were involved in a case of TTP in which an 18-year-old woman with no previous history died suddenly. The case was referred to our office for consultation because of a recent history of methamphetamine abuse. We report herewith our approach to the diagnostic workup of TTP and review relevant literature.
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Ross, W. K., Newton, N. E., & Stivers, R. R. (1987). Sudden death due to thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology, 8(2), 158–163. https://doi.org/10.1097/00000433-198708020-00015
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine