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Diagnosis and management of maternal thrombocytopenia in pregnancy.
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PMID:  22551110     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Thrombocytopenia is a common finding in pregnancy, occurring in approximately 7-10% of pregnancies. It may be a diagnostic and management problem, and has many causes, some of which are specific to pregnancy. Although most cases of thrombocytopenia in pregnancy are mild, and have no adverse outcome for either mother or baby, occasionally a low platelet count may be part of a more complex disorder with significant morbidity and may be life-threatening. Overall, about 75% of cases are due to gestational thrombocytopenia, 15-20% secondary to hypertensive disorders; 3-4% due to an immune process, and the remaining 1-2% made up of rare constitutional thrombocytopenias, infections and malignancies. In this review, a diagnostic approach to investigating thrombocytopenia in pregnancy is presented, together with antenatal, anaesthetic and peri-natal management issues for mother and baby, followed by a detailed discussion on the specific causes of thrombocytopenia and the management options in each case.
Bethan Myers
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-5-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of haematology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-2141     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 May 
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Created Date:  2012-5-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372544     Medline TA:  Br J Haematol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Department of Haematology, Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln, UK; Obstetric Haematologist Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottingham, , UK.
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