Postgrad Med J 55:36-38 doi:10.1136/pgmj.55.639.36
  • Research Article

Subendocardial infarction and thrombocytopenia.


Two female patients who suffered from drug-induced thrombocytopenic purpura and subendocardial myocardial infarction are presented. One of them died from cerebral haemorrhage and diffuse subendocardial punctate haemorrhages were found at post-mortem. The abnormal haemostasis which is associated with thrombocytopenia might induce diffuse damage of the myocardium and might impair heart performance. This finding may be more frequent than hitherto appreciated and calls for serial electrographic tracings in thrombocytopenic patients.