My patient is thrombocytopenic! Is (s)he? Why? And what shall I do? A practical approach to thrombocytopenia

Alberio, Lorenzo (2013). My patient is thrombocytopenic! Is (s)he? Why? And what shall I do? A practical approach to thrombocytopenia. Hämostaseologie, 33(2), pp. 83-94. Schattauer 10.5482/HAMO-13-01-0003

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Solving the riddle of a thrombocytopenic patient is a difficult and fascinating task. The spectrum of possible aetiologies is wide, ranging from an in vitro artefact to severe treatment-resistant thrombocytopenic bleeding conditions, or even life-threatening prothrombotic states. Moreover, thrombocytopenia by itself does not protect from thrombosis and sometimes a patient with a low platelet count requires concomitant antithrombotic treatment as well. In order to identify and treat the cause and the effects of the thrombocytopenia, you have to put together several pieces of information, solving a unique jig-jaw puzzle. The present work is not a textbook article about thrombocytopenia, rather a collection of differential diagnostic thoughts, treatment concepts, and some basic knowledge, that you can retrieve when facing your next thrombocytopenic patient. Enjoy reading it, but most importantly enjoy taking care of patients with a low platelet count. I bet the present work will assist you in this challenging and rewarding clinical task.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Haematology and Central Haematological Laboratory

UniBE Contributor:

Alberio, Lorenzo

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0720-9355

Publisher:

Schattauer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Verena Zwahlen

Date Deposited:

16 Jun 2014 14:32

Last Modified:

03 Nov 2019 11:26

Publisher DOI:

10.5482/HAMO-13-01-0003

PubMed ID:

23666381

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.47360

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/47360

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