Neurological manifestations of thrombotic microangiopathy syndromes in adult patients

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The objective of this study was to compare the frequency and severity of neurologic manifestations in adult patients diagnosed with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and atypical HUS (aHUS). This is a retrospective cohort study of adult patients diagnosed with TTP, HUS and atypical HUS hospitalized at a tertiary center between January 2004 and October 2016. A total of 42 TTP, 16 HUS and 20 aHUS episodes were reviewed to collect clinical, laboratory and radiographic data, as well as information regarding long-term functional outcome. Neurologic symptoms are more common in patients with TTP and HUS as compared to aHUS (p < 0.001 and p = 0.002, respectively). Encephalopathy occurred in 29 TTP (69%) and 11 HUS (68%) episodes. Focal deficits were only observed in patients with TTP (n = 8 [19%]). Seizures were most commonly seen in HUS patients (n = 8 [50%]). Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) was the most common neuroimaging finding in these syndromes; ischemic infarcts and hemorrhages occurred uncommonly. There was no correlation between presence of neurologic symptoms or neuroimaging abnormalities and poor outcome. Patients with TTP and HUS appear to have a similar spectrum of neurologic manifestations, whereas neurologic involvement is less common in aHUS. PRES is the most common imaging abnormality, and may present atypically. Despite presence of neurologic symptoms or neuroimaging abnormalities, patients with thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) tend to have favorable long-term outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1163-1169
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2021


  • Encephalopathy
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES)
  • Seizures
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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