Thrombocytopenia

Definition of Thrombocytopenia:

Condition of abnormally small number of platelets circulating in the blood, characterized by inability to properly clot blood and easy bruising.

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A Low Platelet Count

...the condition
“...Primary (or 'autoimmune') thrombocytopenia occurs mostly in children and young adults (typically before age 30), though it can rarely occur later in life...”
...relationship to Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)
“Lupus is suggested if thrombocytopenia (a low platelet count of under 100,000 platelets per cubic millimeter) is detected in the absence of drugs that are known to induce it...”
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Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

...the condition
“...called "leukemic blasts" which fail to function as normal blood cells and 2) the blockade of the production of normal marrow cells, leading to a deficiency of red cells (anemia), and platelets (thrombocytopenia) and normal white cells (especially neutrophils, i...”

Eclampsia / Preeclampsia

...the condition
“...is a disorder of pregnancy that is characterized by hypertension (high blood pressure) and proteinuria (excessive protein in the urine), often including edema (swelling) and occasionally involving thrombocytopenia (low platelets) or liver function abnormalities...”

Ehrlichiosis

...the condition
“...Diagnosis and Tests: A CBC shows decreased white blood cells (leukopenia), decreased platelets (thrombocytopenia); a granulocyte stain shows clumps of bacteria inside white blood cells; the platelet count shows decreased platelets (thrombocytopenia); liver enzymes show elevated transaminase; a...”
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Heparin

...as a treatment
“...Side-Effects; Counter-Indicators and Warnings: A serious side-effect of heparin is heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT syndrome)...”

Hypersplenism

...the condition
“...Most patients will develop an enlarged spleen, anemia, leukopenia, or abnormally low white blood cell counts, or thrombocytopenia, a deficiency of circulating platelets in the blood...”

Myelodysplastic Syndrome

...the condition
“...Symptoms of MDS are nonspecific but include ... Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count): increased susceptibility to bleeding, bruising, and subcutaneous hemorrhaging leading to purpura or petechia...”

Neutropenia

...the condition
“...The Food and Drug Administration has now approved blood cell growth factors that increase the production of neutrophils, red blood cells, and platelets for the treatment of neutropenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia, respectively...”
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