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Test Findings




  • Reduced circulating platelets.
    • Causes of Thrombocytopaenia

    • Reduced Production

    • Congenital thrombocytopaenia - e.g. May-Hegglin, Bernard-Soulier
    • Bone marrow failure - aplastic anaemia, paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria
    • Bone marrow suppression - cytotoxic chemotherapy, radiotherapy, alcohol abuse
    • Bone marrow infiltration - leukaemia, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, metastasis, myelofibrosis
    • Myelodysplasia
    • B12 / folate deficiency
    • Increased Destruction

    • Autoimmune thrombocytopaenia - immune thrombocytopaenic purpura (ITP), SLE, antiphospholipid syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis
    • Alloimmune thrombocytopaenia - transfusion reaction
    • Drug-induced immune thrombocytopaenia - heparin-induced thrombocytopaenia (HIT), quinine, bactrim, vancomycin, rifampin, paracetamol, NSAIDs, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors
    • Infection - HIV, hepatitis C, EBV, CMV, H pylori, sepsis
    • Thrombotic microangiopathies - thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura (TTP), haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), HELLP syndrome
    • Gestation thrombocytopaenia 
    • Splenic Sequestration

    • Hypersplenism
    • Factitious

    • Platelet clumping
    • Haemodilution (e.g. massive transfusion)
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