How is bleeding tendency assessed in suspected immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

Updated: Jan 11, 2020
  • Author: Craig M Kessler, MD, MACP; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Determine the extent and duration of the bleeding tendency to estimate the severity of the illness and the potential risk for a serious hemorrhage. Previous surgical history can often provide a useful clue regarding the acuteness of thrombocytopenia.  Query patients to elicit signs or symptoms of intracranial bleeding, such as headache, blurred vision, somnolence, or loss of consciousness.

Ask about any recent accidental head trauma.  Record any bleeding, including petechiae, ecchymoses, epistaxis, menorrhagia, melena, or hematuria. Determine whether bruising or bleeding is a recurrent problem.

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