WILLIAM R. MCCABE, M.D.; ROBERT M. BIRD, M.D.; ROBERT A. MCLAUGHLIN, M.D.
Transitory thrombocytosis is seen following splenectomy, during the postpartum period and accompanying certain infections and malignant processes.1 More persistent elevations of circulating blood platelets, that is, thrombocythemia, are occasionally seen in polycythemia rubra vera2 and chronic myelogenous leukemia.3 In addition, 13 cases have been reported in the literature in which a persistent thrombocythemia was attributed to a primary dyscrasia of the megakaryocytes and platelets. This syndrome has been referred to as primary hemorrhagic thrombocythemia. We wish to present another case in which the diagnosis of primary hemorrhagic thrombocythemia was made. It was possible to follow this patient throughout the entire
MCCABE WR, BIRD RM, MCLAUGHLIN RA. IS PRIMARY HEMORRHAGIC THROMBOCYTHEMIA A CLINICAL MYTH?1. Ann Intern Med. ;43:182–190. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-1-182
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(1):182-190.
Coagulopathies, Hematology/Oncology, Platelet Disorders.
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