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Rivista di Medicina Interna
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Panminerva Medica 2000 Giugno;42(2):155-7
EDTA-dependent pseudothrombocytopenia in a case of liver cirrhosis
Matarazzo M., Conturso V., Di Martino M., Chiurazzi F. *, Guida G., Morante R.
From the Departments of Internal Medicine and
*Haematology, Federico II University Medical School, Naples, Italy
Pseudothrombocytopenia (PTCP) is the consequence of an EDTA-activated platelet agglutination, resulting in a spuriously low platelet count. We report the case of a 54-year-old man with EDTA-dependent PTCP associated with liver cirrhosis. He couldn’t undergo endoscopic examination and dental care for two years because of a previous diagnosis of severe thrombocytopenia secondary to liver cirrhosis. Lack of PTCP recognition may lead the physician to misdiagnosis and mismanagement of the patient.