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Platelet Dysfunction

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Signs and Symptoms

Taking a detailed history of bleeding is critical in the investigation of any bleeding disorder. Symptoms and signs of platelet disorders include:24

  • Multiple small, round, dark-red spots (petechiae) visible on the skin, particularly on the lower legs
  • Scattered small bruises at sites of minor trauma
  • Mucosal bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds, bleeding in the genito-urinary or gastrointestinal tracts, vaginal bleeding)
  • Perioperative bleeding (e.g. excessive bleeding after surgery).

Heavy bleeding into the central nervous system, such as intracranial hemorrhage, or heavy gastrointestinal bleeding, can be life-threatening.24

Thrombocytopenia is associated with immediate, superficial bleeding. Heavy bleeding into tissues is unlikely to be caused by a low platelet count.24

Last Updated: 11/3/2012 11:57 PM
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