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A 38-year-old female asked:

Should an increase in petechiae be looked into when on hydrocortisone (cortef) tablets? have had some for years but they are increasing in numbers.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Absolutely: I am going to assume that your health is stable and that you are not thrombocytopenic. If you actually have petechiae, they always deserve to be worked up; you want to know whether you have a capillary fragility syndrome. In the US, we have food faddists who give themselves scurvy; I trust Australians are more sensible. Cortef (hydrocortisone) makes capillaries more fragile. I'd get specialist consultation.
Last updated Nov 11, 2014


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