What is the prevalence of thrombocytopenia in hospitalized patients?

By William Aird

  • Patients admitted with acute coronary syndromes:
    • 6.8% had thrombocytopenia at baseline.
    • 13% developed it during their hospital stay.
  • Hospitalized medical patients receiving heparin for at least 4 days, 36% developed thrombocytopenia.
  • Critically ill patients
    • 8%-68% of patients have thrombocytopenia on admission to the intensive care unit (ICU).
    • 13%-44% develop thrombocytopenia during their ICU stay.

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