|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 62-63
Immune thrombocytopenia is different from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
Mafdy N Basta
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 1120 15thSt., Augusta, GA 30912, USA
|Date of Submission||17-Oct-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||18-Oct-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||11-Mar-2020|
Dr. Mafdy N Basta
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 1120 15th St., Augusta, GA 30912
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Basta MN. Immune thrombocytopenia is different from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. J Obstet Anaesth Crit Care 2020;10:62-3
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Basta MN. Immune thrombocytopenia is different from thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. J Obstet Anaesth Crit Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Feb 1];10:62-3. Available from: https://www.joacc.com/text.asp?2020/10/1/62/280364
I would like to take the opportunity to address the correspondence to JOACC regarding the manuscript titled thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura during pregnancy.
First, I would like to start by clarifying the major differences between immune thromobocytopenia (ITP), referred at letter to editor, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), presented at the manuscript.
Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), also called idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or immune thrombocytopenic purpura, is an acquired thrombocytopenia caused by autoantibodies against platelet antigens.
ITP can be primary due to autoantibody-mediated platelet destruction or secondary to an underlying condition including, among others, HIV infection, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, systemic lupus erythematosus, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Some cases of ITP can be preceded by viral infection. Antibodies against viral antigens may cross-react with normal platelet antigens (a form of molecular mimicry). Infection with HIV, HCV, cytomegalovirus, and varicella-zoster virus have been proposed to cause secondary ITP by this mechanism.
Less commonly, preceding bacterial infections may be implicated. Bacterial products, such as lipopolysaccharide, may attach to platelet surfaces and can increase platelet phagocytosis. Helicobacter pylori infection may contribute to the development of ITP in some cases by an unknown mechanism that might include molecular mimicry, immune alterations, and activities of bacterial products such as cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA).
Observational studies have suggested that therapy for H. pylori infection may improve platelet counts in some individuals with moderate to severe ITP who are from endemic geographical regions such as Japan and Italy.,
On the other hand, TTP, an example of thrombotic microangiopathy, unlike ITP, is associated with microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, as inferred by the presence of schistocytes on the peripheral blood smear, along with thrombocytopenia, and signs of organ injury. It can be acquired TTP due to an inhibitor (autoantibody) directed against ADAMTS13 or hereditary secondary to inherited ADAMTS13 mutations. Diffuse microvascular thrombosis cause thrombocytopenia from platelet consumption in thrombi. Contrary to individuals with ITP, who are otherwise well, patients with TTP are often quite ill. Literature review did not reveal a correlation between TTP and Helicobacter pylori infection.
Concerning preeclampsia, a meta-analysis of observational studies that examined the relationship between maternal infection and preeclampsia reported that the risk of preeclampsia was increased in pregnant women with urinary tract infection and periodontal disease. There were no associations between preeclampsia and presence of antibodies to Chlamydia pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, and cytomegalovirus; treated and nontreated HIV infection; malaria; herpes simplex virus type 2; bacterial vaginosis; or Mycoplasma hominis.
Low-dose aspirin is the only drug for which there is convincing evidence of benefit in reducing the risk of preeclampsia. In populations with low calcium intake, elemental calcium supplementation for pregnant women can reduce the risk of preeclampsia. Preconception weight loss can reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia.
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