An unusual presentation of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura in pregnancy

J. Sudharma Ranasinghe, Evert W. Tjin-A-Tsoi, Michael C. Lewis

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A 35-year-old, 39-week pregnant woman underwent an uneventful emergent cesarean delivery for suspected placental abruption or uterine dehiscence. Given the urgency of the situation and the unremarkable airway anatomy, general anesthesia was the chosen technique. Four hours after her surgery, she returned to the operating room for persistent vaginal bleeding. Hematology tests performed before the cesarean delivery revealed severe thrombocytopenia. This was later diagnosed as idiopathic thrombocytopenia, which was treated successfully with steroid therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-68
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Anesthesia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2005


  • Anesthesia, regional
  • Cesarean delivery, emergent
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Pregnancy
  • Thrombocytopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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