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We read the article regarding COVID-19 in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by Mathian et al 1 with great interest. We would like to report a case with SLE with COVID-19 who presented severe relapse of thrombocytopaenia. Mild thrombocytopaenia during COVID-19 is frequently observed, and immune thrombocytopaenia (ITP) has also been reported.2 3 Management of ITP during active COVID-19 can be difficult as immunosuppressive therapies can exacerbate infections, and the recovery of platelet count may lead to thrombosis due to coagulopathy caused in COVID-19.4 Here, we report a case with severe ITP relapse in patients with SLE during a course of COVID-19.
A 58-year-old woman with a nearly 20-year history of SLE was admitted to our hospital with COVID-19. Her main manifestation of SLE was ITP, and her platelet count was low but stable at approximately 60×109/ L with 5 mg of prednisolone (PSL) since the …
Contributors YaK and YuK drafted the manuscript. TO, HF, SS, MO and HK were responsible for the clinical care of the patients. MI, NH, KF and TT supervised the conduct of researchers involved in the study and made critical revisions to the paper to enhance intellectual content. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.