Title: delta-Storage pool disease: a pitfall in the forensic investigation of sudden anal blood loss in children: a case report
Authors: De Munnynck, K ×
Van Geet, Christel
De Vos, Rita
Van de Voorde, Wim #
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: Springer International
Series Title: International Journal of Legal Medicine vol:121 issue:1 pages:44-47
Abstract: We present the case of a 3.5-year-old boy with sudden anal blood loss at school. Sexual abuse was suspected, and, apart from anal fissures seen on sigmoidoscopy, no other clinical signs of any sort of disorder were present. As no medical explanation for the blood loss could be given, penetrating anal trauma was suggested. During follow-up consultations, there were complaints of occasional blood loss. Platelet aggregation tests and electron microscopy finally helped diagnose a delta-storage pool disease which is a rare haemostatic disorder involving the dense granules of the platelets. Although exclusion of well-known blood diseases through routine laboratory testing is a common practice in children with sudden blood loss, this case illustrates the value of more specialised investigation both from a diagnostic and forensic point of view.
ISSN: 0937-9827
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Translational Cell & Tissue Research
Forensic Biomedical Sciences
Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Section (-)
Molecular and Vascular Biology
× corresponding author
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