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Ihab Abumuhor, BS, MT (ASCP)

Ellen Hope Kearns, MS, SH(ASCP)H

Division of Health Sciences, School of Health, California State University Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura


1. TTP is characterized by:
A. Elevated serum LDH
B. Low platelets count
C. Increased reticulocyte count
D. Decrease: platelet, reticulocyte count, LDH
E. A, B and C

2. Which of the following is contraindicated in the management of severe TTP?
A. Platelet transfusion
B. Plasmapheresis
C. Splenectomy
D. Cryoprecipitate depleted plasma

3. Which of the following is not a hallmark of TTP?
A. Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia
B. Central nervous system involvement
C. Thrombocytopenia
D. Peak incidence at age 40
E. None of the above

4. Distinguish between TTP, ITP, and HUS?
[Answer to # 4]

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