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Thrombocytopenia (Low Platelet Count) (cont.)

Can thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) be prevented?

Thrombocytopenia may be preventable only if its underlying cause is known and preventable. For example, in patients with alcohol-induced thrombocytopenia, alcohol avoidance is recommended. In patients with HIT, any heparin products must be avoided in the future, as mentioned earlier. If any medication is known to cause low platelet count in an individual, then its future use in that person may be discouraged.

What is the outlook for a person with thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)?

The outlook for thrombocytopenia mainly depends on its cause and its severity. Only in very severe thrombocytopenia (platelet counts of less 10,000-20,000) there may a risk of spontaneous bleeding. Many cases of thrombocytopenia may be reversible (medication-induced, infectious), thus carrying a favorable prognosis. The function of platelets (clotting and prevention of bleeding) remains undisturbed in most cases, despite a low platelet count.


George, J. N., MD. "Approach to the adult with unexplained thrombocytopenia." UpToDate. Updated: Mar 22, 2016.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/13/2016

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