Platelets are cells in the blood that help control bleeding. If your child has a disorder of platelet number or function, his or her blood may not be able to clot properly and he or she may have a bleeding disorder.
Disorders of platelet number or function can be inherited or acquired. Children with reduced numbers of platelets usually have an acquired disorder, which often follows a viral infection. Certain medications may contribute to these disorders.
Children with disorders of platelet number or function are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through the Platelet Function Disorders Program. Continue reading to learn more about platelet function disorders or visit the Platelet Function Disorders Program homepage to learn about our expertise and treatment options for this condition.
Common symptoms of platelet function disorders include:
Disorders of Platelet Number and Function can be diagnosed through:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.