NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus-associated Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy: Is Splenectomy Necessary at the Time of Delivery?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2017

Department

Surgery

Abstract

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)-associated thrombocytopenia in pregnancy is a rare condition associated with potential harm to the mother, the fetus, and/or newborn, if the thrombocytopenia is severe (<50,000/mm3). Controversy persists regarding the role and the timing of splenectomy in patients with SLE-associated refractory immune thrombocytopenia in pregnancy. This report describes the use of splenectomy at the time of the cesarean section (CS) in a patient with refractory SLE-associated thrombocytopenia.

Publisher's Statement

Originally published in Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery, 6(3), 219-223. The original material can be found here.

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