Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus1

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A case is presented of a 38-year-old woman who had been diagnosed ten years earlier as having systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). She presented with classical signs and symptoms of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Plasmapheresis and prednisone treatment resulted in a complete remission. Possible associations with connective tissue diseases are reviewed.



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