Internal Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-7235
Print ISSN : 0918-2918
CASE REPORTS
Extreme Thrombocytosis—An Unusual Presentation of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Jecko Thachil
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2008 Volume 47 Issue 13 Pages 1255-1257

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Thrombocytosis or a high platelet count (a count greater than 400×109/L) is a common observation especially with the increased ordering of routine complete blood counts. When found, it may create a diagnostic challenge as transient elevations in platelet counts can occur for a number of reasons such as inflammation or infection, and these usually resolve spontaneously; but an elevated platelet count may be the only indication of an underlying serious disease to which no other clinical findings pertain. The report details a case of extreme thrombocytosis which masked an underlying diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease.

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