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Clinical Note
December 1999

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Presenting as Postmyringotomy Hemorrhage

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (Mr Sale and Drs Brown and Halstead), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;125(12):1383-1384. doi:10.1001/archotol.125.12.1383

Acute idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura has an annual incidence of about 4 per 100,000 children and usually presents after a viral illness with new-onset petechiae, easy bruisability, and, occasionally, mucosal bleeding. It usually follows an uneventful course en route to a spontaneous recovery. We describe a patient with chronic otitis media who developed idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura as a postmyringotomy complication.

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