Acute Myocardial Infarction After Treatment of Thrombocytopenia in a Young Woman With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Abstract

Abstract:

We describe a case of an acute myocardial infarction (MI) coincident with correction of severe thrombocytopenia in a 23-year-old African American woman with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the absence of coronary artery disease on angiography. Despite a history of anticardiolipin and β2-glycoprotein I antibodies, she had no prior thromboembolic events. The occurrence of an acute MI after rapid normalization in the platelet count suggests the need for close monitoring of possible cardiovascular events during and after treatment of severe thrombocytopenia in the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies.

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