What Are Causes of Thrombocytopenia?

Q:
What are causes of thrombocytopenia?

A:
Thrombocytopenia can be inherited. It can also be caused by a number of medications or conditions. Trapping of platelets in the spleen, decreased platelet production or increased destruction of platelets are processes that reduce circulating platelets.

The possible causes of thrombocytopenia include:

  • An enlarged spleen
  • Leukemia
  • Some types of anemia
  • Viral infections, such as hepatitis C or HIV
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Pregnancy
  • Immune thrombocytopenia
  • Bacteria in the blood
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome
  • Medications

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