Heroin-induced thrombocytopenic purpura

Richard A. Kraut, John E. Buhler

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An immunologic response to the quinine used to "cut" heroin caused oral manifestations of thrombocytopenic purpura. The patient had an admission platelet count of 2,000 per cubic millimeter. Treatment with corticosteroids and withholding of the offending quinine resulted in a platelet count of 265,000 per cubic millimeter 13 days after admission. Oral manifestations of purpura disappeared on the fourth day of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Dentistry


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