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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 364-368

Pituitary Apoplexy Secondary to Thrombocytopenia due to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection: Report of a Rare Case and Literature Review

1 Eye Research Center, Eye Department, The Five Senses Health Institute, School of Medicine, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Oculo-Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Eye Research Center, Farabi Eye Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Zahra-Alsadat Abtahi
Eye Research Center, Eye Department, The Five Senses Health Institute, Rassoul Akram Hospital, Sattarkhan-Niyayesh St. 1449614535, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joco.joco_321_21

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Purpose: To report a 16-year-old female patient with pituitary apoplexy in the setting of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection-related thrombocytopenia in the absence of preexisting pituitary macroadenoma. Methods: The patient had been admitted because of respiratory complications of COVID-19 infection and developed thrombocytopenia, intense headache, and symptoms of cavernous sinus syndrome. Results: Urgent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain depicted a pituitary apoplexy. Conclusion: This case indicated that thrombocytopenia due to COVID-19 could be a predisposing factor for pituitary apoplexy in the absence of underlying pituitary disease.

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