Platelet indices in neonatal sepsis: A review

Bhat, Ramesh Y (2017) Platelet indices in neonatal sepsis: A review. World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, 7 (1). pp. 6-10.

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Thrombocytopenia is a common hematological abnormality in neonates with sepsis. The autoanalyzers now-a-days readily provide platelet indices along with platelet counts without any additional cost. However these indices are not given proper weightage often. The important platelet indices available for clinical utility include mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width and plateletcrit that are related to morphology and proliferation kinetics of platelets. Studies in adult patients reported their role in the diagnosis of severe sepsis and prognosis of adverse clinical outcomes including mortality. Abnormal MPV can aid diagnosing the cause of thrombocytopenia. Low MPV associated with thrombocytopenia has been found to result in clinical bleeding. Other indices, however, are less studied. The studies addressing the importance of these platelet indices in neonatal sepsis are limited. The current review gives an overview of potential utility of important platelet indices in neonatal sepsis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sepsis; platelet indices; thrombocytopenia; bleeding; neonate.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Paediatrics
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2017 11:20
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2017 11:20

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