Thrombocythaemia and recurrent miscarriage

P. M. Johnson, J. M. Davies, J. Rand, S. Murphy, F. S. Cowchock

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The incidence of thrombocythaemia (a platelet count >600×l09/l) in a 10‐year survey was 7 per 106 population per year (R. M. Pettit, personal communication). It is generally a disease of late middle age, but a second population of young and mainly female patients has been described (Hoagland & Silverstein 1978). An increased platelet count can be secondary (after splenec‐tomy, associated with inflammation, malignancy or iron deficiency) or due to a primary myeloproliferative disorder. We describe four patients in whom a series of miscarriages before 20 weeks gestation appears associated with thrombocythaemia and estimate the prevalence of this association in patients with unexplained repeated miscarriage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1232
Number of pages2
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1989


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