DAVID SONNEBORN, PH.D.
To the editor: The platelet count in iron-deficiency anemia is typically elevated. Severe iron deficiency may cause thrombocytopenia (1, 3); this has been shown in children (4). We have been unable to discover any report of low platelets associated with iron-deficiency anemia in an adult. The response to iron in an adult with a severe iron-deficiency anemia and thrombocytopenia but with normal serum folate and vitamin B12 levels is described below; an apparent case of iron-deficiency thrombocytopenia.
A 31-year-old black women presented to the emergency room with flank pain and hematuria of 1 month's duration. For the previous year she
SONNEBORN D. Thrombocytopenia and Iron Deficiency. Ann Intern Med. ;80:111. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-1-111
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(1):111.
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