Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count) (cont.)

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Can thrombocytopenia be prevented?

In general, thrombocytopenia can be prevented if the cause is known and it is preventable. If a certain medication is found to induce low platelet count in an individual, then its future use needs to be avoided. Alcohol avoidance should be encouraged in people with known alcohol-induced thrombocytopenia. Current and future use of all heparin products must be avoided in people diagnosed with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

Medically reviewed by David Hoffman, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology

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Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 1998.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/8/2014

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