Thrombocytopenia refers to the low platelet count which may range from mild to severe which depends on the underlying cause. When the skin is injured or broken, platelets gets clump together and form clots to stop the bleeding. When there are no enough platelets in your blood, your body cannot form clots.
The treatment for Thrombocytopenia includes avoiding activities with a high risk of bleeding, reducing the alcohol consumption, stopping the medications that affect platelets which includes aspirin and ibuprofen and if it is severe the treatment includes blood or platelet transfusions, changing medications that are causing low platelet count, steroids, using of immune-suppressant drugs and the surgical removal of the spleen.
The current statistics for thrombocytopenia in Belgium was found to be 152,180 for 10,348,276 populations. There are no specific laboratory tests that can conclusively identify the mechanism of thrombocytopenia – a thorough history, clinical examination, and blood results remain the initial means of diagnosis.