Increased break down of platelets can be caused by the following conditions:
Thrombocytopenia caused in pregnancy is mild and improves soon after the birth of the child.
Destruction of platelets by body’s own immune system is called auto-immune disease.
Destruction of platelets by bacterial toxins in the blood.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome
A rare disorder causing sharp drop in the number nof platelets acquired by eating raw or uncooked meat.
Certain medications can increase the destruction of platelets by confusing immune system. Examples include heparin, quinine and sulpha containing antibiotics.
4 Making a Diagnosis
Making a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia is done by your hematologist, who would recommend the following tests:
Complete blood count: This test would be the most important test for this disorder since it will determine the number of blood cells. Normal platelet count is 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. If the platelet count is less than 150,000 platelets per microliter, it is known as thrombocytopenia.
Physical examination which include through examination of the skin looking for any signs of bleeding in the skin.
A doctor would also like to know complete medical history of the patient, history of illness and family history.
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