CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A potentially deadly blood-clotting disorder has been linked to a common cold virus. For the first time, researchers from th

Rare and fatal blood-clotting disorder linked to common cold virus

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2023-09-18 16:00:02

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A potentially deadly blood-clotting disorder has been linked to a common cold virus. For the first time, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine identified a connection between adenovirus infection, which typically results in cold and flu-like symptoms, and a rare blood clotting disorder — coupled with severe thrombocytopenia.

Platelets, often termed thrombocytes, play a crucial role in helping our blood clot when we have injuries. Sometimes, certain conditions can cause a drop in platelet levels, leading to a condition known as thrombocytopenia.

“This adenovirus-associated disorder is now one of four recognized anti-PF4 disorders,” says Dr. Stephen Moll, professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Hematology, in a university release. “We hope that our findings will lead to earlier diagnosis, appropriate and optimized treatment, and better outcomes in patients who develop this life-threatening disorder.”

The discovery provides new insights into the virus’ role in triggering what is known as an anti-platelet factor 4 disorder. This revelation opens new avenues of research to understand why and how this condition occurs.

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