Sticky Platelet Syndrome: An Unusual Presentation of Arterial Ischemia

M. O. Bojalian, A. G. Akingba, J. C. Andersen, P. S. Swerdlow, P. G. Bove, O. W. Brown, J. R. Rubin

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Abstract

A 48-year-old woman presented with bilateral lower extremity critical limb ischemia. In addition to this, her work-up revealed multiple other thromboembolic insults including cerebral and visceral emboli. Initial laboratory findings were significant for an indeterminate platelet count, secondary to platelet clumping. After appropriate emergent surgical treatment including bilateral lower extremity embolectomy, the patient was empirically anticoagulated with a direct thrombin inhibitor. Further embolic work-up discovered bilateral renal and splenic infarctions as well as a large mobile mitral vegetation. Finally, an upper extremity duplex revealed left axillary, left subclavian, and right internal jugular acute deep vein thromboses. Mitral valve replacement was performed to remove the septic source. A series of hypercoagulability studies was done, and results were positive for lupus anticoagulants. Months after her recovery, the patient was tested and found to be positive for sticky platelet syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691.e1-691.e6
JournalAnnals of Vascular Surgery
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

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  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Bojalian, M. O., Akingba, A. G., Andersen, J. C., Swerdlow, P. S., Bove, P. G., Brown, O. W., & Rubin, J. R. (2010). Sticky Platelet Syndrome: An Unusual Presentation of Arterial Ischemia. Annals of Vascular Surgery, 24(5), 691.e1-691.e6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avsg.2009.12.005