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  • Treatment

    Treatment depends on the cause of the condition. In some cases, a transfusion of platelets may be required to stop or prevent bleeding.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome depends on the disorder causing the low platelet counts.


    Severe bleeding (hemorrhage) is the main complication. This can include:

    • Bleeding in the brain (intracranial hemorrhage)
    • Gastrointestinal bleeding (vomiting blood or blood in the stools)
    • Nosebleeds

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your healthcare provider if you experience unexplained bleeding or bruising.