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Kamil SM, Mohamad NH, Narazah MY, Khan FA
Correspondence: Dr Muhammad Kamil Sheikh, email@example.com
We describe a case of dengue haemorrhagic fever with prolonged thrombocytopaenia. A 22-year-old Malay man with no prior illness presented with a history of fever and generalised macular rash of four days duration. Initial work-up suggested the diagnosis of dengue haemorrhagic fever based on thrombocytopaenia and positive dengue serology. Patient recovered from acute illness by day ten, and was discharged from the hospital with improving platelet count. He was then noted to have declining platelet count on follow-up and required another hospital admission on day 19 of his illness because of declining platelet count. The patient remained hospitalised till day 44 of his illness and managed with repeated platelet transfusion and supportive care till he recovered spontaneously.
Keywords: dengue haemorrhagic fever, macular rash, mosquito, platelet transfusion, prolonged thrombocytopaenia, thrombocytopaenia
Singapore Med J 2006; 47(4): 332-334