If you experience difficult-to-stop bleeding or other indicators of thrombocytopenia, your doctor may perform the following:
Physical examination: Your family history and medical history will be reviewed by the doctor. In addition, your doctor will look for bruising, rashes (petechiae), and an enlarged spleen or liver.
Counting the blood: A complete blood count (CBC) measures platelet, white blood cell, and red blood cell counts.
Blood clot test: A blood clot test determines how long it takes for blood to clot. The partial thromboplastin time (PTT) and prothrombin time (PT) are two of these assays (PT).
If your platelet count is low, your doctor may prescribe further tests to determine the cause, such as:
Bone marrow biopsy: Taking a sample of bone marrow can help diagnose bone marrow diseases or cancer.
Imaging tests: Ultrasound or CT scan can check for an enlarged spleen, enlarged lymph nodes or liver cirrhosis.
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