Platelet Function Disorders | Diagnosis & Treatment

How are platelet function disorders diagnosed?

Platelet function conditions can be identified through the following tests:

  • careful review of medical  history, including medications
  • complete blood count
  • examination of the blood under the microscope by an expert pediatric hematologist
  • blood tests of platelet function
  • genetic tests

What are the treatment options for platelet function disorders?

If your child has a platelet function disorder, these treatments may be considered:
  • a number of medicines can help reduce the risk of bleeding
  • platelet transfusions can be given if necessary
  • in the most severe cases, possible bone marrow transplantation

Caring for a child with a platelet function disorder

Preventing serious bleeding is a very important aspect of care. Parents should consider:

  • padding the crib
  • restricting certain contact sports and rough play

Avoiding medications that may interfere with platelet function and cause bleeding. This includes aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, naproxen, Naprosyn, Aleve. Always speak to your doctor about what medications are being taken.