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DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF THROMBOCYTOPENIA IN PREGNANCY

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 May 2011

BETHAN MYERS
Affiliation:
Lincoln County Hospital
EDWARD TRUELOVE
Affiliation:
Department of Haematology, Nottingham University Hospitals
Corresponding

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Platelets are an essential component of the first step in the process of haemostasis, plugging defects in the endothelium and providing a surface for secondary haemostasis to occur, via the coagulation pathway. Platelet aggregation and activation cause granule release of von Willebrand factor, ADP and serotonin, which, in turn, results in recruitment of more platelets to form the platelet plug. This serves to stop the bleeding, and also to activate the coagulation pathway on the surface of the activated platelets, leading to a firm fibrin clot.

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