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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2010, Article ID 946278, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/946278
Case Report

Immune Thrombocytopenia in a Challenging Case of Disseminated Tuberculosis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi 110029, India
2Department of Internal Medicine, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ 08103, USA
3Department of Medicine, Kalra Hospital & SRCNC, New Delhi 110015, India

Received 8 July 2010; Accepted 8 September 2010

Academic Editor: Steven A. Sahn

Copyright © 2010 Ankur Kalra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) continues to predominate the cause of morbidity, and mortality in the developing world. The disease affects all the organ systems, and presents in various pathologic disease states. We report an uncommon manifestation of this rather common infectious disease in a 19-year-old male. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia occurring as a consequence of the tuberculosis infection itself is an exceedingly rare occurrence, and at the time of writing of this paper, only 15 such published reports exist in the English literature so far.