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Hemodial Int. 2011 Jul;15(3):416-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1542-4758.2011.00561.x. Epub 2011 Jun 28.

Thrombocytopenia associated with dialysis treatments.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.


We present a case of a 51-year-old woman who developed thrombocytopenia associated with dialysis treatments. Laboratory values revealed a platelet count of 50,000 or less postdialysis, with recovery of platelet count during her interdialytic period. An extensive work up including infectious serology and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia test was negative. Based on the pattern of thrombocytopenia and negative work-up, it is concluded that her thrombocytopenia was due to her dialysis treatments. We discuss the literature on thrombocytopenia and hemodialysis and postulate that our patient had a reaction to her dialyzer membrane or to the electron beam radiation method used to sterilize her dialyzer.

© 2011 The Authors. Hemodialysis International © 2011 International Society for Hemodialysis.

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