European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 146, Issue 5, pp 531–532 | Cite as

Intravenous gamma globulin therapy for thrombocytopenic purpura associated with active varicella infection

  • T. Hara
  • Y. Mizuno
  • H. Igarashi
  • K. Ueda
Case Reports

Abstract

Thrombocypenic purpura was noted in a 3-year-old Japanese girl with an active varicella infection. The administration of intravenous gamma globulin (IVG) drastically improved bleeding manifestations as well as the active varicella infection. We believe that IVG should be the first choice of therapy for thrombocytopenic purpura associated with active infections.

Key words

Varicella Thrombocytopenia Gamma globulin 

Abbreviations

IVG

intravenous gamma globulin

ITP

idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Hara
    • 1
  • Y. Mizuno
    • 1
  • H. Igarashi
    • 1
  • K. Ueda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of MedicineKyushu UniversityFukuoka CityJapan

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