Consumption coagulopathies commonly occur during the course of numerous pathologic conditions, including benign and malignant neoplasms. Occasionally the bleeding disorder may be the first manifestation of an illness, presenting the physician with a hemorrhaging patient and a diagnostic dilemma. The unusual case of a 9-year-old child with a two-month history of a hemorrhagic disorder is the subject of this report.
E. U., a 9-year-old white boy, was seen by his local physician because of a two-month history of easy bruising. A bone marrow aspiration was performed because the platelet count was found to be 37,000/cu mm. Because of uncontrolled bleeding from the site of the marrow aspiration, the patient was transferred to Children's Memorial Hospital.
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