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Congenital platelet function defects

  • Alternative Names

    Platelet storage pool disorder; Glanzmann's thrombasthenia; Bernard-Soulier syndrome; Platelet function defects - congenital


    Treatment

    There is no specific treatment for these disorders.

    People with bleeding disorders should avoid taking aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen and naproxen) because they are known to affect blood clotting. Patients who have severe bleeding may need platelet transfusions.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Treatment can usually control the bleeding. However, congenital platelet function defects are life-long conditions. There is no cure. Patients should take precautions to avoid bleeding.


    Complications
    • Severe bleeding
    • Iron deficiency anemia in menstruating women

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if:

    • You have bleeding or bruising and do not know the cause
    • Bleeding does not respond to the usual method of control