Case 13 – update 2

The team have asked for some previous results.  Pre operatively the patient’s blood count was:

  • Hb 110g/L
  • MCV 90fL
  • WCC 6.8×10*9/L
  • Neutrophils 3.9×10*9/L
  • Platelets 189×10*9/L
  • Ferritin 182µmol/L (normal)

Previous results have been similar in the not too distant past.

The blood film is shown below:


Most of the #teamhaem followers think this is a ‘reactive’ or secondary thrombocytosis and quite rightly have identified a number of common causes of this:

  • Inflammation/sepsis
  • Bleeding
  • Iron deficiency
  • Tissue damage/surgery
  • Hyposplenism/splenectomy
  • Malignancy


  • Can you describe the blood film?
  • How do you manage or treat secondary thrombocytosis?
  • The surgical registrar is keen to start aspirin as he has a previous history of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia and is worried about ischaemic events.  What do you advise?

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