Asymptomatic thrombocytopenia at term Pregnancy

  • Maqbool Alam
  • Asma Ansari


Objective: This study was carried out to assess the platelet count in asymptomatic pregnant women at the time of delivery in local population. Study design: A cross-sectional descriptive study. Place and time of study: Pathology and Gynaecology/Obstetric departments of Combined Military Hospital, Sargodha from July 2006 to December 2006. Subjects and methods: Six hundred and eighteen healthy pregnant women and 100 aged matched non-pregnant healthy women were randomly selected for the study and their platelet counts were estimated. Results: Out of total 618 pregnant women at the time of delivery, 34(5.5%) were having platelet count < 150x109/L and only 4 (0.65%) less than 100x109/L. All the thrombocytopaenic women were asymptomatic. Conclusion: About 5% of healthy women at term pregnancy are likely to have mild thrombocytopenia without suffering from any untoward clinical consequences.