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Getting the platelet count right: pitfalls for the obstetric anaesthetist

      Thrombocytopaenia features in pregnancy-associated conditions including pre-eclampsia and gestational thrombocytopaenia. The latter develops in 5–10% of obstetric patients, making this a common, though usually benign, presentation characterised by a low number of functioning platelets.
      • Reese J.A.
      • Peck J.D.
      • Deschamps D.R.
      • et al.
      Platelet counts during pregnancy.
      We would like to draw attention to causes of erroneously low platelet counts that influenced clinical decisions in this cohort in our unit: anticoagulant-dependent pseudothrombocytopaenia and anisocytosis.
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