What is the role of platelet dysfunction in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy?

Updated: Aug 05, 2017
  • Author: Perumal Thiagarajan, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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These disorders of pregnancy (ie, preeclampsia/eclampsia syndrome) are associated with increased platelet turnover, even when the platelet count is normal. Controlling hypertension and delivering the fetus lead to restoration of the platelet count.

Occasionally, thrombocytopenia is associated with hemolysis and elevated liver enzymes (ie, hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet [HELLP] syndrome). This serious disorder often mimics TTP.


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