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Have petekey eye rash. Diagnosed with leukaemia and lymphoma. What should be done?

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hello what is (sp) "petekey eye rash caused from" and how is it actually spelled? they ruled out leukemia and lymphoma
this is about my 20 year old cousin who had a liver transplant when she was 6 still no diagnosis as to why
Posted Mon, 5 Nov 2012 in Blood Disorders
Answered by Dr. Santosh Kondekar 4 hours later
Hi there,

Thanks for the query.

Petechiae (pronounced as "pe - ti - ke") is a rash that looks like red brown dots over skin; that don't blanch or disappear on pressure (mosquito bites do look similar but they blanch or temporarily disappear on pressure).

It is often due to low platelets in blood and or with capillary leaks.

Commonly they are seen in malaria, dengue fevers, etc., but if they last longer than 2 weeks one may suspect ITP or malignancy - that may need bone marrow tests. Often there may be antiplatelet antibodies that cause platelet destruction.

Treatment may depend on cause and level of platelets.

I hope this addresses your concern. If any further query; feel free to ask.

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