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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 27-29

Splenectomy for immune thrombocytopenia in systemic lupus erythromatosus in Nigeria


1 Department of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
2 Department of Haematology, Ahmadu Bello University and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ahmadu Bello University and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. M M Dauda
Department of Surgery, Ahmadu Bello University and Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Kaduna State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ais.ais_31_17

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Systemic lupus erythromatosus (SLE), is an autoimmune disease characterized by autoreactive T cells and polyclonal activation of B cells. SLE is a rare disease in tropical Africa and its association with thrombocytopenia has not been reported in the English literature. This is a case of a 37-year-old female civil servant with SLE complicated by refractory thrombocytopenia and successfully managed with splenectomy. Splenectomy in the management of thrombocytopenia associated with SLE in Africans as in other regions of the world is indicated in cases refractory to other treatment options.


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