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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-232

Valproate induced thrombocytopenia complicating acute febrile illness

SAT Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvanathapuram - 695 011, India

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K E Elizabeth
Department of Pediatrics, SAT Hospital for Women and Children, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvanathapuram - 695 011, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.29206

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Sodium valproate is a commonly used anticonvulsant. Thrombocytopenia is one of the lesser known adverse effects of valproate. Fever with thrombocytopenia is a frequent clinical presentation especially in tropical countries like India with emerging and reemerging infections like dengue fever. We present here two cases of resistant thrombocytopenia in febrile children which responded dramatically to withdrawing valproate. Both the children had valproate drug level in the normal therapeutic range. Based on the Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale a probable association was found between valproate and the thrombocytopenia.

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