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Prevalence of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Subclinical Infection in Patients with Acute Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)


Background: Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is defined as a bleeding disorder in which the number and production of platelets are reduced by the immune system; however, the destruction of peripheral blood platelets also occurs. Although its exact etiology and pathogenesis have not already known, several studies have shown that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are known as possible causative agents of ITP. This investigation aims to evaluate the presence of CMV and EBV in two groups of case and control by polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Materials and Methods: we considered the presence of CMV and EBV in 48 acute ITP patients and 48 healthy people. Study participants were recruited from Ahvaz Shafa Hospital between 2017 and 2018 and the presence of two viruses was investigated by (PCR).

Results: Out of 48 acute ITP patients, the CMV DNA was detected from the blood of 12 (25%) patients and the EBV DNA from the blood of 2 (4.2%) other patients. Also, only one patient was (2.1%) co-infected with CMV and EBV. In contrast, in 48 healthy subjects, 3 (6.6%) had CMV and none of the control group was infected with EBV.

Conclusion: Due to the presence of both EBV and CMV in the acute ITP patients in Ahvaz, they can be considered as factors in the progression of this disease. Therefore, consideration of the methods of elimination and treatment of these two viruses in these patients may be used as a treatment strategy in ITP patients in the future.

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IssueVol 15, No 3 (2021) QRcode
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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/ijhoscr.v15i3.6843
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP); Cytomegalovirus (CMV); Epstein-barr virus (EBV)

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Abbasi F, Kaydani GA, Tahannejad Z, Nakhaie M, Aminasnafi A, Moradi M. Prevalence of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Subclinical Infection in Patients with Acute Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). Int J Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Res. 2021;15(3):139-144.