Thrombocytopenia

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  • Definition: platelet count of < 150 x 109/L. In the case of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, a 50% reduction in platelet count is also considered significant.
    • Is patient actively bleeding?
    • Is patient about to undergo surgery or an invasive procedure?
    • Is patient at risk for spontaneous bleeding?
    • If so, see “General Management Principles” section.

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First Things First

  • Definition: platelet count of < 150 x 109/L. In the case of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, a 50% reduction in platelet count is also considered significant.
    • Is patient actively bleeding?
    • Is patient about to undergo surgery or an invasive procedure?
    • Is patient at risk for spontaneous bleeding?
    • If so, see “General Management Principles” section.

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Last updated: June 15, 2010