Platelet disorders Thrombocytopenia

Rarely symptomatic until the platelet count < 50 x 109 l spontaneous bleeding is more likely < 20 x 109 l. Although bleeding is often minor, e.g. skin petechiae, oozing at intravascular catheter sites, it may be massive or life-threatening, e.g. haemoptysis, intracranial haemorrhage. Sepsis in the ICU this is the commonest cause of a low platelet count often provides a good barometer of recovery or deterioration Disseminated intravascular coagulation Related to antiplatelet antibody...