What do platelet levels indicate in the workup of sepsis/septic shock?

Updated: Oct 07, 2020
  • Author: Andre Kalil, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Platelets, as acute-phase reactants, usually increase at the onset of any serious stress and are typically elevated in the setting of inflammation. However, the platelet count will fall with persistent sepsis, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) may develop.


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