Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 112–113 | Cite as

Purtscher retinopathy as an initial presentation of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

  • I. TajunisahEmail author
  • D. K. Patel
  • V. Subrayan

Purtscher retinopathy, first described secondary to severe head trauma, is characterized by retinal haemorrhages and cotton-wool spots in the posterior pole of the eye. It has been rarely associated with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and it is believed that abnormal platelet aggregations in TTP caused the microembolic occlusion of retinal precapillary arterioles. We present a case of Purtscher retinopathy as an initial presentation of TTP.

A 20-year-old woman was referred to ophthalmology unit for bilateral blurring of vision. She was admitted to the medical ward the previous day for evaluation of high grade fever, generalised petechiae, facial edema and pleural effusion of 1-week duration. Full blood count showed low haemoglobin of 86 g/l (normal 130–177 g/l), white cell count of 2.2 × 109 cells/l (normal 4.0–11.0 × 109 cells/l) with 29% eosinophilia and low platelet count of 145 × 109 cells/l (normal 150–400 × 109cells/l). Peripheral blood smear showed schistocytosis...


Acute Pancreatitis Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Retinal Haemorrhage Severe Head Trauma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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