What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia in acute myeloid leukemia (AML)?

Updated: May 26, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Patients with thrombocytopenia usually demonstrate petechiae, particularly on the lower extremities. The petechiae are small, often punctate, hemorrhagic rashes that are not palpable. Areas of dermal bleeding or bruises (ie, ecchymoses) that are large or present in several areas may indicate a coexistent coagulation disorder (eg, DIC). Purpura is characterized by flat bruises that are larger than petechiae but smaller than ecchymoses.


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