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Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia means there are less platelets in the blood than what is considered normal.

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What is thrombocytopenia?

Thrombocytopenia means there are less platelets in the blood than what is considered normal. Platelets are a type of blood cell involved in clotting and the other name for platelets is thrombocytes. Platelets play a big role in blood clot formation and the stopping of bleeding.

Platelets are made in the bone marrow and they have a lifespan of 8-12 days and are then removed by the spleen.

Signs and symptoms of low platelets

  • Bleeding longer after minor cuts or scrapes
  • Nosebleeds
  • Bleeding gums after brushing teeth
  • Bruising more than normal
  • Heavy periods in women
  • Blood in vomit, urine, or bowel motions
  • Small, red, or purple spots on your skin

Treatment and management

  • Change to medications. Stop taking medications that affect clotting. This includes medications such aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen
  • Platelet transfusion
  • Be careful when using sharp instruments
  • Wear well-fitting shoes indoors and outdoors to avoid injury to the feet
  • Avoid high impact activities
  • Wear gloves if gardening
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush
  • Avoid flossing teeth
  • Blow the nose very gently
  • Avoid food that might make the mouth bleed
  • Avoid activities that increase the risk of bleeding such as contact sports and amusement park rides.
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