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Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count) (cont.)

What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)?

Most people with thrombocytopenia have no symptoms directly associated with low platelets. They may show symptoms related to the underlying cause of thrombocytopenia, however.

In severe thrombocytopenia (platelet counts of less than 10,000 to 20,000), excess bleeding can occur if the person is cut or injured. Spontaneous bleeding can also happen when platelet numbers are severely diminished.

Signs and symptoms of bleeding related to thrombocytopenia can include:

Other signs and symptoms that may occur in people with thrombocytopenia can include:

What causes thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)?

Causes of thrombocytopenia can be divided into three categories

  1. impaired production,
  2. increased destruction or consumption, and
  3. splenic sequestration.

The main causes in each category are outlined below, although there are other less common causes of low platelet count not mentioned in this article.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/13/2016

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