When You Visit Your Doctor — Thrombocytopenia

The Family Health Guide


Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • What medications do you take (including over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies)?
  • Have you been ill recently?
  • What other medical problems do you have?
  • Could you be pregnant?
  • Have you ever been tested for HIV? Do you have any risk factors for HIV (see p. 872)?
  • Have you had fever?
  • Have you had rashes?
  • Have you had diarrhea?
  • Have you had abdominal pain?
  • Have you had headache?
  • Have you had neurologic symptoms?
  • Have you been lightheaded?
  • Have you been short of breath with minimal exertion?
  • Have you had chest pain or pressure?
  • Have you had a cough?
  • Do you have any bruises or nosebleeds?
  • Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
  • If you are a woman, have you had unusually heavy menstrual periods?
  • How long have you had symptoms?
  • Does anyone else in your family have low platelets?
  • How many alcoholic beverages do you drink in an average week?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Eyes
  • Mouth
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Skin

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Blood tests (see p. 153-158), which might include complete blood count with microscopic evaluation, kidney function tests, liver function tests, antinuclear antibody, rheumatoid factor, Monospot‚ test for Epstein Barr virus, toxoplasmosis, CMV, and possibly an HIV test if there are risk factors
  • Bone marrow biopsy