Chapter 19. Thrombocytopenia

  1. Errol R. Norwitz MD, PhD Professor Director1,
  2. Michael A. Belfort MD, PhD Professor Director2,3,
  3. George R. Saade MD Professor4 and
  4. Hugh Miller MD5

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444314489.ch19

Obstetric Clinical Algorithms: Management and Evidence

Obstetric Clinical Algorithms: Management and Evidence

How to Cite

Norwitz, E. R., Belfort, M. A., Saade, G. R. and Miller, H. (2010) Thrombocytopenia, in Obstetric Clinical Algorithms: Management and Evidence, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444314489.ch19

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

  3. 3

    Perinatal Research and Fetal Therapy Program, HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN, USA

  4. 4

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

  5. 5

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181112

Online ISBN: 9781444314489

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Keywords:

  • thrombocytopenia - confirming diagnosis;
  • thrombocytopenia in pregnancy - circulating platelet level;
  • physical examination - petechial skin rash, subconjunctival hemorrhage;
  • platelet counts - mean platelet count lower in pregnant women;
  • differential diagnosis of thrombocytopenia - gestational thrombocytopenia, immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP);
  • gestational thrombocytopenia - likely due to hemodilution;
  • ITP - presence of circulating antiplatelet antibodies;
  • alloimmune thrombocytopenia (ATP) - fetal thrombocytopenia by antiplatelet antibodies;
  • other causes of thrombocytopenia - drug-induced thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy and TTP/HUS