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Case Reports
July 1945


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Am J Dis Child. 1945;70(1):29-30. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020190036006

Congenital thrombopenia of the newborn is of rare occurrence. We wish to report a case the unusual aspect of which is the absence of any purpuric tendency in the mother.

The sparse literature on congenital thrombopenia was reviewed by Sanford, Leslie and Crane1 in 1936; it revealed 12 cases, in all of which the mothers had purpuric tendencies. These cases had all been reported from the obstetric viewpoint. In the case reported by Sanford and associates, the thirteenth, there was a positive family history for purpura. The mother and the grandmother had had a similar rash. The fourteenth case, reported by Davidson2 in 1937, was that of an infant whose mother had proved purpura, as observed from her eleventh year. The mother required splenectomy. The fifteenth and sixteenth cases were reported by Whitney and Barritt.3 The infants were consecutive sons of a mother who had had proved