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Unformatted text preview: require treatment but if they do can be treated with steroids, splenectomy or cytotoxics. 6. Secondary autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura which can accompany SLE, lymphoma, leukaemia, HIV 7. Drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia which can follow the use of heparin, gold salts, quinine and penicillin. 8. Intravascular platelet consumption which can be caused by disseminated intravascular coagulation. 9. Increased pooling in large spleen - Normal spleen contains 30% of all platelet but in some cases it may contain up to 50 – 90% if enlarged. To treat thrombocytopenia you can perform a transfusion of platelets. This is performed in severe haemorrhage from thrombocytopenia, or abnormal platelet function and in those requiring massive blood transfusions....
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, Platelet, immune thrombocytopenia, autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura