Journal Article

Thrombocytosis in intensive care

A. M. Gurung, B. Carr and I. Smith

in BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia

Published on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia

Volume 87, issue 6, pages 926-928
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 0007-0912
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1471-6771 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bja/87.6.926
Thrombocytosis in intensive care

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We conducted a retrospective study of platelet count in 226 patients admitted for critical care over a 5‐month period, to explore the incidence of thrombocytosis and its relation to admission category, duration of ICU stay and outcome. Our findings indicate that thrombocytosis is not rare in ICU patients. At least one platelet count greater than 450×109 litre–1 was found in 21.7% of patients and was associated with lower ICU mortality (P=0.003), lower hospital mortality (P=0.006), but longer duration of ICU stay (P<0.0001). Thrombocytosis may serve as an independent predictor of favourable outcome in ICU patients.

Br J Anaesth 2001; 87: 926–8

Keywords: Keywords: intensive care, mortality; blood, platelets, thrombocytosis

Journal Article.  1381 words. 

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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