Little, Mark (2015) Thrombocytopaenia. In: Cameron, Peter, Jelinek, George, Kelly, Anne-Maree, Brown, Anthony, and Little, Mark, (eds.) Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine. Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 556-559.

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[Extract] Thrombocytopaenia is defined as a reduction in the number of circulating platelets, the normal circulating platelet count being 150-400 x 10^9/L. It is the most common cause of abnormal bleeding. Like anaemia, thrombocytopaenia itself is not a diagnosis, but rather a manifestation of another underlying disease process.

In the emergency department setting, thrombocytopaenia may present as an incidental finding on a routine blood count or may be diagnosed in the context of abnormal bleeding. In most cases, the underlying aetiology can be determined by a careful history and physical examination combined with interpretation of the blood count.

Item ID: 38622
Item Type: Book Chapter (Teaching Material)
ISBN: 978-0-7020-5335-1
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 06:09
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