Thrombocytopenia is a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets help stop bleeding by clumping and forming plugs in blood vessel holes (clotting). Platelets also help maintain normal blood vessel health in the body. When a patient develops thrombocytopenia, the risk of bleeding or bruising increases. Thrombocytopenia is less common than anemia in patients with MDS. The primary concern for patients with thrombocytopenia is bleeding. The risk of bleeding is related to the severity of the thrombocytopenia. Certain medications may increase the risk of bleeding, such as blood thinners, aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory medications.
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