Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Thrombocytopenia in pregnancy is a common complication. Common causes include gestational thrombocytopenia, severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Rare causes include TTP, HUS, rheumatologic conditions, and HIV. Treatment varies by cause; however, it can include steroids, IVIG, platelet transfusions, plasma exchange, and delivery [1].


Gestational thrombocytopenia ITP Platelet Preeclampsia DIC 


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    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies, Chapter 42. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2012.Google Scholar
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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 166: thrombocytopenia in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2016;128:e43–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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