Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy in an HIV-infected patient with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

Scand J Infect Dis. 2002;34(9):706-9. doi: 10.1080/00365540210147606.


We describe a 37-y-old male with advanced HIV disease who was diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura after MRI of the brain revealed reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy. We discuss reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy as a diagnostic clue in HIV-infected patients with multi-organ system disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fatal Outcome
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Leukoencephalopathy, Progressive Multifocal / complications*
  • Leukoencephalopathy, Progressive Multifocal / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Purpura, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic / complications*
  • Purpura, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic / diagnosis