Ulcerative colitis and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

J Clin Gastroenterol. 2001 Mar;32(3):248-50. doi: 10.1097/00004836-200103000-00016.


Inflammatory bowel disease is often associated with hematologic abnormalities such as anemia, leukocytosis, and thrombocytosis. We report for the first time an unusual case of ulcerative colitis complicated by thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Severe lower gastrointestinal bleeding resolved with subtotal colectomy, but the thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura proved unresponsive to medical treatment. Splenectomy and completion proctectomy were performed, ultimately resulting in a successful outcome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Purpura, Thrombocytopenic / complications*