July 1979


Author Affiliations

From the Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1979;139(7):752-754. doi:10.1001/archinte.1979.03630440022010

Six cases of acute thrombocytopenic purpura occurred secondary to heroin abuse. Five of the six affected patients were seen over a six-month period between November 1977 and March 1978, and the last patient was seen in November 1978. The clinical manifestations were characteristic of drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia. We suspect this syndrome is related to a new adulterant added to local street heroin.

(Arch Intern Med 139:752-754, 1979)