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Red Blood Cell Aplasias

Thrombocytopenia

What is Thrombocytopenia?

Thrombocytopenia is any disorder in which there are not enough platelets. Platelets are cells in the blood that help blood to clot. This condition is sometimes associated with abnormal bleeding.

Symptoms

  • Bruising
  • Nosebleeds or bleeding in the mouth
  • Rash (pinpoint red spots)

Diagnosis

  • Possible tests include:
  • CBC shows low platelets
  • Bone marrow aspiration or biopsy
  • Clotting studies
  • Platelet associated antibodies

Treatment

Treatment depends on the cause of the condition. In some cases, a transfusion of platelets may be required to stop or prevent bleeding.