May 26, 2011 (Thursday) - Low Platelets



Another on-line morphology exercise. The salient feature of this one was that the platelet count was only 5. I spotted that, and wanted to give ITP as the most likely diagnosis, but couldn’t find it in the list. The actual diagnosis was autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura. Had I actually seen that on the list, I would have chosen it. I simply didn’t see it as an option, even though I looked for ten minutes.
Some of my further testing suggestions were a tad awry, but the suggested further testing was microbiological in nature, and that’s not my forte.
However, my differential white cell count was perfect!

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