Thrombocytopenia: A Destruction of Platelets : Journal of Infusion Nursing

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A Destruction of Platelets

Greenberg, Edythe M. PhD, RN, FNP-BC

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Journal of Infusion Nursing 40(1):p 41-50, January/February 2017. | DOI: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000204


Platelets, or megakaryocytes, are irregular, disk-shaped cell fragments circulating in the blood. They are a primary component in maintaining hemostasis. Low platelet counts, or thrombocytopenia, leave patients at an increased risk of hemorrhage. This article discusses various etiologies of disorders of low platelets and current therapies for management.

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