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Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura misdiagnosed as autoimmune cytopenia: Causes of diagnostic errors and consequence on outcome. Experience of the French thrombotic microangiopathies reference centre.

Grall, Maximilien; Azoulay, Elie; Galicier, Lionel; Provôt, François; Wynckel, Alain; Poullin, Pascale; Grange, Steven; Halimi, Jean-Michel; Lautrette, Alexandre; Delmas, Yahsou; Presne, Claire; Hamidou, Mohamed; Girault, Stéphane; Pène, Frédéric; Perez, Pierre; Kanouni, Tarik; Seguin, Amélie; Mousson, Christiane; Chauveau, Dominique; Ojeda-Uribe, Mario; Barbay, Virginie; Veyradier, Agnès; Coppo, Paul; Benhamou, Ygal.
Am J Hematol; 92(4): 381-387, 2017 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28133771
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) has a devastating prognosis without adapted management. Sources of misdiagnosis need to be identified to avoid delayed treatment. We studied 84 patients with a final diagnosis of severe (<10%) acquired ADAMTS13 deficiency-associated TTP from our National database that included 423 patients, who had an initial misdiagnosis (20% of all TTP). Main diagnostic errors were attributed to autoimmune thrombocytopenia, associated (51%) or not (37%) with autoimmune hemolytic anemia. At admission, misdiagnosed patients were more frequently females (P = .034) with a history of autoimmune disorder (P = .017) and had organ involvement in 67% of cases; they had more frequently antinuclear antibodies (P = .035), a low/undetectable schistocyte count (P = .001), a less profound anemia (P = .008), and a positive direct antiglobulin test (DAT) (P = .008). In multivariate analysis, female gender (P = .022), hemoglobin level (P = .028), a positive DAT (P = .004), and a low schistocytes count on diagnosis (P < .001) were retained as risk factors of misdiagnosis. Platelet count recovery was significantly longer in the misdiagnosed group (P = .041) without consequence on mortality, exacerbation and relapse. However, patients in the misdiagnosed group had a less severe disease than those in the accurately diagnosed group, as evidenced by less organ involvement at TTP diagnosis (P = .006). TTP is frequently misdiagnosed with autoimmune cytopenias. A low schistocyte count and a positive DAT should not systematically rule out TTP, especially when associated with organ failure.
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