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Rwanda Medical Journal
Rwanda Health Communication Center - Rwanda Biomedical Center (RHCC - RBC)
ISSN: 2079-097X
EISSN: 2079-097X
Vol. 78, No. 2, 2021, pp. 5-8
Bioline Code: rw21009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Rwanda Medical Journal, Vol. 78, No. 2, 2021, pp. 5-8

 en A Rare Immune Thrombocytopenia Caused by Brucellosis: A Case Report
Kurtkulagi, O.; Aktas, G.; Bilgin, S.; Taslamacioglu Duman, T. & Atak Tel, B. M.


Immune thrombocytopenia is an autoimmune disorder characterized by accelerated platelet destruction. It is occasionally associated with accompanying infections. Here we report a case of acute brucellosis that presented with immune thrombocytopenia. A 73-year-old woman who worked in animal husbandry was admitted to the emergency department with a 3-month history of left-sided lower back pain. She had no history of hemorrhage. Her platelet count was found to be very low. Immune thrombocytopenia diagnosis was established, and methylprednisolone treatment was initiated. Subsequently, Brucella melitensis check for this species in other resources growth detected in blood culture. She responded well to rifampicin plus doxycycline treatment along with corticosteroids. In conclusion, we suggest that physicians remain alert for brucellosis in subjects with thrombocytopenia involved in animal husbandry.

Purpura; Thrombocytopenic; Idiopathic; Brucellosis; Animal Husbandry; Case Report

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