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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Laboratory disease: Case of pseudothrombocytopenia


Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Rateesh Sareen
Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijcpc.ijcpc_5_17

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We report a case of EDTA induced pseudothrombocytopenia (EDTA-PTCP) in a patient who was treated with platelet transfusion and with refractory thrombocytopenia was referred to us. The Automated blood analyzer and peripheral blood smear examination revealed numerous platelet aggregates, leading to falsely low platelet count on automated hematology analyzer. The case emphasizes careful examination of peripheral blood smear to rule out this form of in vitro phenomenon which can save the patient from unnecessary transfusions and invasive diagnostic procedures.


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