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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Low platelets at birth

11/19/2007

Question:

my daughter was born with low platelets at birth. she had little red dots on her. she had alot more brusing then usual. they told me that i had a negative platellet and its really rare. so do you know where i can get more information on this. i looked on many different sites they just tell you about low platelets as an adult not at birth.

Thank you.

Answer:

It is difficult to say for sure what may be the cause of the low platelets in your daughter without knowing more information. There is a rare condition that is called neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, but also a disorder called immune thrombocytopenic purpura could cause this. The second condition usually would occur after you had the same disorder and transiently passed on an antibody to your daughter.

I would tell you to speak with your daughter's physician to find out exactly what the diagnosis was, then you can better look for the most appropriate information.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University