Thrombocytopenia Diagnosed and Treated by Cancer Specialists at Mercy


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A mild to severe blood disorder, thrombocytopenia is diagnosed and treated by hematology specialists at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Our doctors provide expert care and treatment plans for patients with blood disorders.

About the Condition

Thrombocytopenia is a blood disorder that consists of a low platelet count. Platelets help clot the blood and prevent blood loss. Thrombocytopenia occurs in conjunction with blood disorders such as leukemia, a medication side effect or an immune system problem. 

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

People diagnosed with thrombocytopenia have few symptoms. Typically, once the source of thrombocytopenia is discovered the condition improves. Symptoms may include:

  • Blood in stools or urine
  • Continuous bleeding from surgery or dental work
  • Excessive bruising
  • Extended bleeding from cuts
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Skin rash with reddish purple spots on the legs
  • Unprompted nose and gum bleeding

To diagnose thrombocytopenia, your doctor may recommend the following:

  • Blood test
  • Physical exam
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Treatment Options

The treatment options for thrombocytopenia vary depending on whether your condition is mild or severe. If your condition is mild, it may not require any treatment. In severe cases the best treatment option for thrombocytopenia may include: