Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) usually presents after decades of alcohol consumption and can even manifest with recent abstinence. The clinical presentation may be compounded by underlying liver cirrhosis and liver function enzymes are not a reliable means of diagnosing AH due to poor sensitivity and specificity. One feature of alcoholic hepatitis is thrombocytopenia; however, patients may also have thrombocytopenia due to another underlying condition, such as Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). ITP is an autoimmune disease caused by autoantibodies against platelet glycoproteins. ITP is a diagnosis of exclusion and secondary causes of thrombocytopenia must be ruled out with persistent thrombocytopenia that is refractory to treatment for AH. Although there is limited data demonstrating a correlation between AH and ITP, both conditions respond to steroids. We present a case of a 42 YO M with an unknown cause of hepatitis and concomitant ITP who responded well to steroids.
Tagliaferri, Ariana; Kania, Brooke; Patel, Dhruv; Baig, Iqra; Farokhian, Alisa; and Bellardini, Angelo
"Hepatitis of an Unknown Etiology with Concomitant ITP,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 13:
1, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol13/iss1/16