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Importance of Addressing Platelet Variables

Unexpected thrombocytopenia usually leads to an investigation of patient history or other features related to the patient. Preanalytic variables that can cause a false-thrombocytopenia must be addressed to prevent unnecessary testing and needless patient anxiety.