Hematology and Oncology Book


Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Aka: Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, TTP
  1. See Also
    1. Thrombocytopenia
    2. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
    3. Microangiopathic Anemia
    4. Plasmic Score (ADAMTS13 Enzyme Activity Prediction Tool)
    5. Thrombotic Microangiopathy
  2. Epidemiology
    1. Peak age 30 to 40 years old
    2. Slightly more common in women
    3. Rare: 4 to 11 cases per year per 1 million people per year in the United States
  3. Pathophysiology
    1. ADAMTS13 Protease dysfunction
      1. Von Willebrand Factor (vWF) is exposed when intravascular injury occurs
        1. vWF is analogous to a net that traps Platelets, forming a transient plug
        2. The plug is typically limited and stops bleeding without thrombosing the vessel
      2. ADAMTS13 normally cleaves the long chain Von Willebrand Factor (vWF), thus limiting the plug
        1. When ADAMTS13 is defective or absent, vWF forms traps large complexes of Platelets
        2. Vessel blocks with these large complexes of vWF and Platelets resulting in thrombosis
      3. ADAMTS13 deficiency predisposes to TTP
        1. ADAMTS13 deficiency may be acquired or via genetic mutation (Upshaw-Schulman Syndrome)
        2. Those with ADAMTS13 deficiency may develop TTP in response to stress or infection
    2. Overlap with several Gastroenteritis related conditions
      1. Shiga-toxin Enterocolitis
      2. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (E. coli 0157:H7 esp. in children)
  4. Risk Factors
    1. Obesity
    2. African American
    3. Female gender
    4. HIV Infection
    5. Rheumatologic Disease
    6. Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  5. Symptoms
    1. Headaches
    2. Paresthesias
  6. Signs: Classic Presentation
    1. Triad: Most common presentation (75% of cases)
      1. Thrombocytopenic Purpura
      2. Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia
      3. Neurologic changes (Seizures, Transient Ischemic Attack) at presentation or prior and resolved
    2. Additional features as part of full classic presentation (5 features present in less than a third of patients)
      1. Fever
      2. Acute Renal Failure
  7. Signs
    1. Fever (90% of cases)
    2. Skin
      1. Petechiae or Purpura
      2. Bleeding sites
      3. Jaundice
    3. Neurologic changes (often transient effects due to unstable Platelet clots)
      1. Altered Level of Consciousness to coma
      2. Transient Ischemic Attack
      3. Seizures
    4. Abdominal exam
      1. Splenomegaly (most patients with TTP)
  8. Differential Diagnosis
    1. See Thrombocytopenia
    2. See Hemolytic Anemia
    3. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
      1. Most common in children (esp. 6 months to 4 years old)
        1. Children rarely have TTP without HUS, but adults can uncommonly present with HUS during outbreaks
      2. Presents as TTP and Acute Renal Failure, bloody Diarrhea and Abdominal Pain
      3. Associated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infection (E Coli 0157)
    4. Evans Syndrome
      1. Thromboyctopenia with Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia (MAHA)
      2. However ADAMTS levels are normal
      3. Treated with Corticosteroids
      4. Better prognosis than standard Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  9. Labs: Initial
    1. Complete Blood Count
      1. Platelet Count <50,000
        1. Platelet Count may be <20,000/uL
      2. Hemoglobin <10 g/dl
        1. Severe Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia is common
    2. Acute Kidney Injury
      1. Serum Creatinine increased (severe cases)
    3. Hemolysis
      1. Unconjugated Bilirubin increased
      2. Reticulocyte Count increased
      3. Haptoglobin increased
      4. Indirect Bilirubin increased
    4. Urinalysis
      1. Hematuria
      2. Proteinuria
    5. Peripheral Smear with Hemolysis signs (obtain on all patients suspected for TTP)
      1. Schistocytes or helmet cells (RBC fragments) suggests Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia (MAHA)
      2. MAHA is also seen in Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  10. Labs: Specific
    1. ADAMTS13 Levels (including activity and inhibitors) decreased
    2. Von Willebrand Factor gel electrophoresis
  11. Diagnosis
    1. See Plasmic Score (ADAMTS13 Enzyme Activity Prediction Tool)
    2. Thrombocytopenia and Microangiopathic Hemolytic Anemia (MAHA)
      1. Without obvious alternative diagnosis, manage Thrombocytopenia and MAHA as TTP
      2. Also seen in Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (see differential diagnosis above)
  12. Management
    1. Treat as a hematologic emergency
      1. Early Hematology Consultation
      2. Admit all patients
    2. Immediate management
      1. High dose Corticosteroids (Methylprednisolone)
      2. Plasmapheresis
        1. Withdrawal via 16-18 gauge intravenous catheter
        2. Return via 18 gauge intravenous catheter
        3. Plasma exchange with Cryosupernate or FFP
          1. Cryosupernate (preferred) or Fresh Frozen Plasma replace withdrawn fluid
          2. Cryosupernate and FFP contain functional ADAMTS13
    3. Adjunctive measures
      1. Aspirin or Dipyridamole (consider as Platelet Counts are improving >50k and no signs of bleeding)
      2. Avoid Platelet Transfusion unless catastrophic bleeding (e.g. Intracranial Hemorrhage)
      3. Obtain central venous access
      4. Seizure Management
        1. See Status Epilepticus
    4. Refractory case management
      1. Rituximab
        1. Indicated for frequent relapses or failure to respond to plasma exchange
      2. Splenectomy
      3. Gammaglobulin
      4. Vincristine
  13. Prognosis
    1. Untreated: 80% mortality within 3 months
    2. Treatment with plasmapheresis: 17% mortality
  14. References
    1. Arora and Herbert in Majoewsky (2013) EM:Rap 13(3):1
    2. Marx (2002) Rosen's Emergency Med, p. 1693
    3. Merrill and Gillen (2016) Crit Dec Emerg Med 30(3): 3-8
    4. Kessler (2012) J Emerg Med 43(3): 538-44 [PubMed]
    5. Nabhan (2003) Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 17:177-99 [PubMed]

Purpura, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic (C0034155)

Definition (CHV) a kind of blood disorder that causes blood clots to form in blood vessels around the body
Definition (CHV) a kind of blood disorder that causes blood clots to form in blood vessels around the body
Definition (CHV) a kind of blood disorder that causes blood clots to form in blood vessels around the body
Definition (CHV) a kind of blood disorder that causes blood clots to form in blood vessels around the body
Definition (NCI) An acute or subacute syndrome characterized by the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura, fever, renal abnormalities and neurologic abnormalities such as seizures, hemiplegia, and visual disturbances. Drugs and bacteria have been implicated as etiologic factors. The introduction of plasma exchange has significantly lowered the mortality rate. If untreated, the mortality rate is high.
Definition (NCI_CTCAE) A disorder characterized by the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura, fever, renal abnormalities and neurological abnormalities such as seizures, hemiplegia, and visual disturbances. It is an acute or subacute condition.
Definition (MSH) An acquired, congenital, or familial disorder caused by PLATELET AGGREGATION with THROMBOSIS in terminal arterioles and capillaries. Clinical features include THROMBOCYTOPENIA; HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA; AZOTEMIA; FEVER; and thrombotic microangiopathy. The classical form also includes neurological symptoms and end-organ damage, such as RENAL FAILURE.
Concepts Disease or Syndrome (T047)
MSH D011697
ICD10 M31.1
SnomedCT 360402008, 195358008, 195359000, 155443009, 78129009
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Spanish PURPURA TROMBOTICA TROMBOPENICA, Purpura trombopénica trombótica, Síndrome de Moschcowitz, PTT, púrpura trombocitopénica trombótica (trastorno), púrpura trombocitopénica trombótica, síndrome de Moschowitz, Púrpura trombocitopénica trombótica, Enfermedad de Moschkowitz, Púrpura Trombocitopénica Trombótica, Púrpura Trombótica Trombopénica
Dutch trombocytopenische trombotische purpura, ziekte van Moschcowitz, purpura; trombocytopenisch, trombotisch, purpura; trombotisch trombocytopenisch, trombocytopenisch; purpura, trombotisch, trombotisch trombocytopenisch; purpura, trombotische trombocytopenische purpura, Microangiopathie, trombotische, Moschkowitz-ziekte, Purpura, trombotische trombocytopenische (TTP), TTP, Trombotische trombocytopenische purpura
French PTP, PURP THROMBOCYTOPENIQUE THROMBOT, PTT (Purpura Thrombotique Thrombocytopénique), Purpura thrombocytopénique thrombotique, Purpura thrombotique thrombocytopénique, Syndrome de Moschcowitz, Maladie de Moschcowitz, Micro-angiopathie thrombotique thrombocytopénique, Microangiopathie thrombotique thrombocytopénique, Purpura thrombopénique thrombotique
German Thrombozytopenische Purpura, thrombotisch, TTP, Purpura thrombopenisch thrombotisch, PURPURA THROMBOZYTOPENISCH THROMB, trombotisch-thrombozytopenische Purpura, Mikroangiopathie, thrombotische, Purpura, thrombotisch-thrombopenische, Purpura, thrombotisch-thrombozytopenische, Moschcowitz-Syndrom
Portuguese Púrpura trombopénica trombótica, PURPURA TROMBOCITOPENICA TROMBOTI, Síndrome de Moschcowitz, Púrpura Trombótica Trombocitopênica, Púrpura Trombótica Trombocitopênica Congênita, Púrpura Trombótica Trombocitopênica Familiar, Púrpura trombocitopénica trombótica, Doença de Moschkowitz, Púrpura Trombocitopênica Trombótica, Púrpura Trombótica Trombopênica
Japanese TTP, ケッセンセイケッショウバンゲンショウセイシハンビョウ, TTP, ベール・シフリン病, Moschkowitz病, 紫斑病-血栓性血小板減少性, モスコウィッツ症候群, モスコウィッツショウコウグン, モシュコビッツ症候群, 血栓性血小板減少性紫斑病, Moschowitz病, Moschowitz症候群, モシュコビッツ病, モスコウイッツ病, モスコウイッツ症候群
Swedish Purpura, trombotisk trombocytopen
Finnish Tromboottinen trombosytopeeninen purppura
Czech TTP, Trombotická trombocytopenická purpura, trombotická trombocytopenická purpura, Moschcowitzova choroba, Moschcowitzova nemoc, purpura trombotická trombocytopenická, Syndrom Moschowitzové
Italian Sindrome di Moschkowitz, Sindrome di Moschcowitz, Porpora trombotica trombocitopenica
Polish Plamica małopłytkowa zakrzepowa, Zespół Moschcowitza
Hungarian TTP, thrombotikus thrombocytopeniás purpura, thrombotikus thrombopaenica purpura, Moschcowitz-syndroma
Norwegian Purpura thrombotica thrombocytopenica, Trombotisk trombocytopenisk purpura, Mikroangiopatisk hemolytisk anemi, Moschowitz’ sykdom
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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