14 Aug Dr. Jennifer McIntosh Co-Authors ‘Platelet Counts during Pregnancy’ in the New England Journal of Medicine
Jennifer McIntosh, DO, Assistant Professor in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is one of the study authors of a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that looks at platelet counts in pregnancy. Platelet counts of less than 150,000 per cubic millimeter during uncomplicated pregnancies are described as gestational thrombocytopenia if no alternative cause is identified. Platelet counts may be even lower in women with pregnancy-related complications. However, the occurrence and severity of thrombocytopenia throughout pregnancy are not defined.
They found that mean platelet counts decreased during pregnancy in all the women, beginning in the first trimester. In women who have a platelet count of less than 100,000 per cubic millimeter, a cause other than pregnancy or its complications should be considered.
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