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Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome in a patient with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
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PMID:  21234778     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an autoimmune disorder characterised by fever, microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, renal insufficiency, and thrombocytopenia. Neurological involvement, a prominent component of TTP, is characterised by a variety of brain lesions which include reversible cerebral oedema or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). TTP is frequently associated with deficiency of the von Willebrand factor-cleaving protease, ADAMTS13.Here, we report a case of TTP with severe acute encephalopathy. Posterior leukoencephalopathy and brainstem oedema with triventricular hydrocephalus were observed on MRI. The low activity of ADAMTS13 was not observed and ADAMTS-13 antibodies were absent. Neurological symptoms and patient's condition were completely resolved by plasma exchange therapy in addition to high dose of methylprednisolone.
Paolo Aridon; Paolo Ragonese; Maria Antonietta Mazzola; Gerlando Quintini; Marianna Lo Re; Simona Talamanca; Valeria Terruso; Marco D'Amelio; Giovanni Savettieri
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1590-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100959175     Medline TA:  Neurol Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Biomedicina Sperimentale e Neuroscienze Cliniche (BIONEC), University of Palermo, Via Gaetano La Loggia 1, 90129, Palermo, Italy.
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