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Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) refers to a decreased number of platelets in the blood. Symptoms of thrombocytopenia include:

  • Increased bruising
  • Spontaneous bleeding
  • Small, purple spots under the skin called purpura

There are many causes of thrombocytopenia such as decreased platelet production (viral infections for example rubella, mumps, chickenpox, hepatitis C, and HIV); increased platelet destruction or consumption (for example sulfonamide antibiotics, heparin, blood transfusions, and lupus); or increased splenic sequestration (enlarged spleen due to conditions for example liver disease, blood cancers, and more). Treatment of thrombocytopenia depends on the cause.

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Terms related to Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count):

  • Decreased Platelet Production
  • Increased Splenic Sequestration
  • Low Platelet Count
  • Platelet Count, Low