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The wandering spleen: an unusual case of thrombocytopenia

Author(s): Mirkes C | Nguyen G | Cable C

Journal: Journal of Blood Medicine
ISSN 1179-2736

Volume: 2011;
Issue: default;
Start page: 161;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Curtis Mirkes, George Nguyen, Christian CableDepartment of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Scott & White Healthcare, Temple, TX, USAAbstract: Thrombocytopenia is a common laboratory finding in current medical practices. The workup of thrombocytopenia can be challenging with numerous causes that can be included in the differential diagnosis. Thrombocytopenia can be due to bone marrow hypoproliferation, peripheral destruction, or sequestration. This paper presents a case of isolated thrombocytopenia in a young female and discusses the causes of thrombocytopenia.Keywords: peripheral sequestration, enlarged spleen, congenital, hypertension, hypersplenism, diaphragmatic hernia
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