The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 375–382 | Cite as

Hemostasis in a case of tropical sprue with bleeding diathesis

  • J. F. Wallace
  • T. W. Sheehy


1. A bleeding tendency in tropical sprue is rare, in contrast to the frequent occurrence of bleeding in other malabsorption syndromes.

2. Bleeding phenomena were seen in only 1 of 36 patients with tropical sprue in this study. A report of a case of bleeding diathesis is given.

3. Tests of hemostasis in patients with tropical sprue indicate frequent thrombocytopenia. Prolonged one-stage prothrombin time is also common.

4. The prolonged prothrombin times appear to be due chiefly to a deficiency of stable factor. This deficiency in turn is most likely the result K avitaminosis.


Public Health Thrombocytopenia Prothrombin Prothrombin Time Frequent Occurrence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. F. Wallace
    • 1
  • T. W. Sheehy
    • 1
  1. 1.From U. S. Army Tropical Research Medical LaboratoryNew York

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