EDTA-Dependent Pseudothrombocytopenia in an Elderly Patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Case Report

Akinci S., SILAY K. , Guney T., Yikilmaz A., DİLEK İ.

GAZI MEDICAL JOURNAL, cilt.26, sa.4, ss.204-205, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 26 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.12996/gmj.2015.62
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.204-205


EDTA-dependent pseudothrombocytopenia (EDTA-PTCP) is a phenomenon caused by EDTA-dependent anti-platelet antibody. It is necessary for clinicians to consider the possible presence of PTCP in cases of patients having low platelet counts without any hemorrhagic tendency. We here present a EDTA-dependent pseudothromboctyopenia case which might be associated with rheumatoid arthritis and/or the medications such as sulfasalazine, leflunomide and methylprednisolone. As a conclusion pseudothrombocytopenia should be excluded in all thrombocytopenic patients without any hemorrhagic tendency by manual peripheric smear to avoid unnecessary diagnostic tests and wrong treatments.