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Bleeding and Infection

Bleeding and Infection This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor. —I take exception to the editorial by C. T. Kisker and A. M. Mauer, which appeared in the October 1972 issue of the Journal. These authors stated that platelet infusions in thrombocytopenia secondary to varicella "are of no avail because the transfused platelets are so rapidly destroyed as are the patients' own cells." Our experience indicates that the platelet survival is indeed very short in such individuals, but clinical observation indicates that the survival is long enough to provide a hemostatic effect.We had the occasion to treat a 7-year-old boy, who was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with fulminant varicella complicated by thrombocytopenia. The child had extensive hemorrhagic skin lesions, as well as hemorrhage into mucous membranes of the mouth and nasopharynx. The hemorrhage into the nasopharynx had resulted in upper airway obstruction, and an emergency tracheostomy had been performed. At the time of admission, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Bleeding and Infection

Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor. —I take exception to the editorial by C. T. Kisker and A. M. Mauer, which appeared in the October 1972 issue of the Journal. These authors stated that platelet infusions in thrombocytopenia secondary to varicella "are of no avail because the transfused platelets are so rapidly destroyed as are the patients' own...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1973 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160060096023
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Abstract

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables. Abstract To the Editor. —I take exception to the editorial by C. T. Kisker and A. M. Mauer, which appeared in the October 1972 issue of the Journal. These authors stated that platelet infusions in thrombocytopenia secondary to varicella "are of no avail because the transfused platelets are so rapidly destroyed as are the patients' own cells." Our experience indicates that the platelet survival is indeed very short in such individuals, but clinical observation indicates that the survival is long enough to provide a hemostatic effect.We had the occasion to treat a 7-year-old boy, who was admitted to Texas Children's Hospital with fulminant varicella complicated by thrombocytopenia. The child had extensive hemorrhagic skin lesions, as well as hemorrhage into mucous membranes of the mouth and nasopharynx. The hemorrhage into the nasopharynx had resulted in upper airway obstruction, and an emergency tracheostomy had been performed. At the time of admission, the

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 1, 1973

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