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What are the causes of Thrombocytopenia ?

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Causes of low plateletes?

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Decreased platelet production

  1. Pancytopenia
  2. Primary malignancy e.g. leukemia
  3. Bone marrow infiltration e.g. neuroblastoma
  4. Bone marrow failure e.g aplastic anemia
  5. Viral infections e.g. HIV
  6. Cytotoxic drugs, radiation
  7. Selective ineffective thrombopoiesis
  8. Rare congenital defects e.g thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR)
    syndrome, Wiskott Aldrich syndrome, congenital amegakaryocytic
    thrombocytopenia and giant platelet disorders (e.g Bernard-Soulier
    syndrome)
    Viral infections e.g EBV, CMV, parvovirus

Increased platelet consumption

  1. Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) (most common cause
    of thrombocytopenia in children)
  2. Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT)
  3. Collagen-vascular and autoimmune diseases e.g. SLE Viruses e.g. HIV Drug-induced e.g. heparin
  4. Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)
  5. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS)
  6. Sepsis
  7. Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)

Platelet sequestration

  1. Hypersplenism
  2. Infection
  3. Inflammation
  4. Congestion
  5. Red cell disorders
  6. Storage diseases

Dilutional loss

  • Recent massive blood transfusion
answered Jun 14, 2015 by admin Doctor of Medicine (9,909 points)
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