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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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TORRES RAMIREZ, Luis et al. Headache in essential thrombocytosis: report of a juvenile case. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2015, vol.78, n.1, pp.52-56. ISSN 0034-8597.

Essential thrombocytosis (ET) is a blood disorder characterized by an elevated platelet count (> 450x109L) and megakaryocytic hyperplasia of the bone marrow is rare in people under 30 years. Headache occurs in 45% of cases, with migraineous characteristics, leading to difficulties in diagnosis. The number of platelets is relevant for prognosis-higher numbers correlate with more risk of bleeding or ischemic events, and guides the treatment of headaches, since the use of aspirin is contraindicated in patients with a platelet count more than 1500 x109L. We report a case of a 20 year-old woman, who presented with episodes of headache 3 years ago with a platelet count of 2195 x109L. She was hospitalized again recently for a headache exacerbation with a platelet count of 4640 x109L. After being treated with Hydroxyurea and parenteral analgesics her neurological symptoms resolved.

Keywords : Headache; thrombocytosis; migraine disorders.

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