Sysmex Journal International

2017Vol.27 No.2


Differential Diagnosis of Thrombocytopenia


Sysmex Europe GmbH


Thrombocytopenia is a condition characterised by an abnormally low platelet count - lower than the normal platelet count in adults that ranges from 150 x 109/L to 450 x 109/L. Severe thrombocytopenia, with platelet counts lower than 20 x 109/L, is associated with spontaneous bleeding (not caused by injury). Overlooking a severe thrombocytopenia can have serious consequences for the patient, so obtaining reliable platelet counts is essential for making clinically important decisions with confidence.

Yet obtaining accurate platelet counts, particularly from samples with thrombocytopenic conditions, is not always easy and a challenging task for the laboratory. Sysmex offers a readily available platelet counting solution with PLT-F. You will find more information on this topic in the section ‘Challenges in determining an accurate and precise platelet count’.


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