- • Thrombocytopenia occurs in 8–10% of all pregnancies.
- • In pregnancy it is usually mild and benign.
- • Rare causes can be associated with severe complications for mother and baby.
- • Cases thought to be due to immune thrombocytopenic purpura or microangiopathic processes should be managed in a specialist centre.
- • To learn about the underlying causes.
- • To be aware of the management of the more severe cases.
- • To ensure appropriate referral of high-risk cases.
- • Clear prepregnancy counselling is important to enable women to make informed decisions regarding future pregnancies.
- • Women need to understand the percentage risk of recurrence of certain conditions and the risks to fetal wellbeing.
Please cite this article as: Myers B. Thrombocytopenia in pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2009;11:177–183.