Platelet Function Disorder Overview
What is a platelet function disorder?
Platelets are blood cells that form blood clots. A person with a platelet function disorder does not form blood clots normally, which can result in episodes of excessive bleeding. A platelet function disorder can be caused by an underlying blood clotting disorder, thrombasthenia, a drug side effect, or blood thinner medications.
What are the symptoms of a platelet function disorder?
Symptoms of a platelet function disorder include excessive bruising, repeated nosebleeds, rectal bleeding, black stools, or a rash that looks like bruises or broken blood vessels in the skin.
How does the doctor treat a platelet function disorder?
Treatment for a platelet function disorder depends on the underlying cause. In those who are bleeding, treatment for a platelet function disorder may include vitamin K and fresh frozen plasma, which provide the body with substances that stimulate the platelets to form clots. Treatment for platelet function disorders may also include corticosteroids, immunoglobulin therapy, platelet transfusion, Danazol, Desmopressin, and azathioprine.
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