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Purpura, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic definition: An acquired, congenital, or familial disorder caused by PLATELET AGGREGATION with THROMBOSIS in terminal arterioles and capillaries. Clinical features include THROMBOCYTOPENIA; HEMOLYTIC ANEMIA; AZOTEMIA; FEVER; and thrombotic microangiopathy. The classical form also includes neurological symptoms and end-organ damage, such as RENAL FAILURE.
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura definition: An acute or subacute syndrome characterized by the presence of microangiopathic hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenic purpura, fever, renal abnormalities and neurologic abnormalities such as seizures, hemiplegia, and visual disturbances. Drugs and bacteria have been implicated as etiologic factors. The introduction of plasma exchange has significantly lowered the mortality rate. If untreated, the mortality rate is high.
 
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