29 october 2019 (Tuesday) - Platelet Clumps



The nice people at Lablogatory sent me an interesting article on platelet clumping today.
Platelet clumping is a worry. The whole point of an automated blood count system is that it is a fast thing. And it is… given a “normal” platelet count. But given a reduced one, is it a true value? If there are clots in the sample, then there’s your answer. If not, we need to look at the history. If consistently reduced, then quite possibly you have the right result. However if this is a spurious result, checking a blood film takes time.
If only an analyser had a reliable “platelet clump” flag…

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