How is thrombocytopenia differentiated from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA)?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Thrombocytopenia may be observed in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who present with arthritis, as well as in those with marrow-occupying malignancies (eg, acute lymphocytic leukemia). Thrombocytosis reflects an inflammatory state and often mirrors inflammatory markers in JIA.


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