Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy

  • John Bonnar
Conference paper


In obstetric practice a low platelet count is most often found in association with pregnancy complications associated with disseminated intravascular coagulation. The various causes of thrombocytopenia which may be encountered during pregnancy are listed in Table 1. When thrombocytopenia occurs as an isolated defect the commonest cause is auto-immune thrombocytopenia (AITP). The adult type of AITP is frequently a chronic disorder and is commonly found in women of childbearing age. This condition will be reviewed in relation to obstetric management.


Platelet Count Cesarean Section Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Immune Thrombocytopenia High Dose Intravenous Immunoglobulin 
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© Springer Japan 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Bonnar
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity College Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologySt James’s Hospital and Coombe HospitalDublinIreland

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