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VOLUME 26 , ISSUE 5 ( May, 2022 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

Dengue and HELLP: Beware of the Masquerade

Rohit Patnaik, Shruthi Kulkarni, Nupur Karan

Keywords : Caesarean section, Dengue fever, Fetomaternal outcome, HELLP syndrome, Obstetric ICU

Citation Information : Patnaik R, Kulkarni S, Karan N. Dengue and HELLP: Beware of the Masquerade. Indian J Crit Care Med 2022; 26 (5):637-638.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24213

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-04-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Abstract

HELLP is a syndrome characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets. It is a rare complication of pregnancy and is usually associated with pre-eclampsia. However, 10–20% cases of HELLP can present without hypertension. Dengue fever is an arboviral-borne tropical illness that is characterized with fever, thrombocytopenia, and bleeding manifestations. We present a case of a primigravida with HELLP syndrome masquerading in the background of dengue fever. Unique features to this case report include delayed presentation of HELLP syndrome with normotension which can have overlapping features with dengue fever, especially in term pregnancy. This case highlights the need of strict vigilance in cases of dengue fever with pregnancy.


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