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Retiform purpura: A new stigmata of illicit drug use?
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PMID:  21382290     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We report a 50-year-old woman who presented with a six-month history of recurrent retiform purpura of uncertain etiology. Laboratory findings included neutropenia, positive anticardiolipin IgM antibody, and a weakly positive p-ANCA. Histopathology revealed a leukocytoclastic vasculitis with intravascular thrombi. Urine toxicology screen was positive for cocaine. These findings are similar to recent reports of agranulocytosis and purpura induced by levamisole-tainted cocaine. A review of the clinical and histopathological findings associated with levamisole-induced purpura will be discussed.
Lauren Geller; Talley B Whang; Stephen E Mercer; Robert Phelps
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-02-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatology online journal     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1087-2108     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol. Online J.     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610776     Medline TA:  Dermatol Online J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.
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