Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count) (cont.)
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Most people with thrombocytopenia have no symptoms directly associated with low platelets. They may show symptoms related to 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.
Spontaneous bleeding due to thrombocytopenia may be seen under the skin or in the oral cavity as tiny, pinpoint, non-tender, non-palpable, red flat spots due to tiny hemorrhages, called petechiae. Purpura are small bruises or rashes, which are larger than petechiae, that can also be seen in severe thrombocytopenia,
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