Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura & Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare blood disorder. Patients often experience thrombocytopenia, anemia due to red blood cell destruction, and microvascular thrombosis. TTP is often connected with an acquired autoimmune deficiency. When the thrombotic microangiopathy affects the kidneys and is caused by bacteria, it is known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The purpose of this course is to provide a brief review of TTP and HUS. The course will discuss the definition and causes of TTP and HUS. This course will also review complications of TTP and HUS, including bleeding. By the end of the course, readers will also have an understanding of how TTP and HUS are treated. Additionally, the reader will have knowledge of how to monitor patients with TTP and HUS. It is important that nurses have an understanding of TTP and HUS so that patients can be treated appropriately and complications can be avoided.
- Case Study: John
- Definition of TTP and HUS
- Causes of TTP and HUS
- Diagnosis of TTP and HUS
- Complications of TTP and HUS
- Treatment of TTP and HUS
- On Reflection: Case Study John
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