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Causes of thrombocytopenia in triplet gestations.

Authors
  • Al-Kouatly, Huda B
  • Chasen, Stephen T
  • Kalish, Robin B
  • Chervenak, Frank A
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2003
Volume
189
Issue
1
Pages
177–180
Identifiers
PMID: 12861159
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Approximately one third of triplet gestations are complicated by thrombocytopenia, one half of which are severe. This represents a much higher frequency as compared with the 6.6% to 11.6% that was reported for singleton gestations. Hypertension-associated disorders of pregnancy account for 71.7% of thrombocytopenia in triplets, unlike singleton gestations in which 75% of thrombocytopenia is gestational. The single most common cause of thrombocytopenia in triplets is severe preeclampsia. This is the first study to evaluate the incidence and cause of thrombocytopenia in a large set of triplet gestations.

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