Drug-induced Thrombocytopenia: Pediatric Cases from the Medical Literature

Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D., FCCP, FPPAG


Pediatr Pharm. 2010;16(11) 

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Dilli and colleagues recently described a case of DITP associated with vancomycin use in a premature infant born at 32 weeks gestation.[14] Vancomycin was started on day of life 25 and continued once a blood culture grew coagulase-negative staphylococcus. After 7 days of treatment, the patient's platelet count dropped to 47,000/mm3. Coagulation studies and interleukin-6 levels were normal. The diagnosis of DITP was made and vancomycin was discontinued, despite the inability to detect vancomycin-dependent antiplatelet antibodies. The platelet count began to rise 3 days later, reaching 337,000/mm3 within 10 days.


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