Ann Dermatol.  1999 Apr;11(2):75-77. 10.5021/ad.1999.11.2.75.

Purpura Fulminans

Abstract

Purpura fulminans may be seen in three different clinical settings: (1) in the neonatal period from protein C and S deficiencies, (2) during severe bacterial infections such as "sepsis-associated" purpura fulminans, and (3) during the convalescence of an otherwise benign "preparatory" infectious disease most commonly involving the skin. We report a case of a 20-month-old male child with purpura fulminans as a presenting sign of disseminated intravascular coagulopathy (DIC). He had suffered from fever of unknown origin for a month. Although purpura fulminans is not a common disorder to dermatologists, the awareness of this disorder may be the clue to diagnose and treat underlying diseases.


MeSH Terms

Bacterial Infections
Child
Communicable Diseases
Convalescence
Fever of Unknown Origin
Humans
Infant
Male
Protein C
Purpura Fulminans*
Purpura*
Skin
Protein C
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