Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology


A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF CHANGE IN PLATELET COUNT IN PREGNANCY AND PUERPERIUM


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Author Details: Tejashwini.V. Basarigidad, Spoorthi. B. S, Saryu Sain

Volume : 2

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 108

Article End Page : 110


Abstract

Normal pregnancy involves many changes including alterations in hematologic parameters. One of the parameters changed involves platelets. In the present study, change in platelet count is studied during pregnancy and puerperium of the same woman. 30 pregnant women in the age group 20-30 years who were registered for ANC in BMC, Chitradurga were enrolled for the study. Platelet count was measured both during pregnancy and in puerperal period in all the women. Values were analyzed statistically using paired “t” test. Results showed that Platelet count was found to decrease during pregnancy compared to puerperium (p <0.0001) which was statistically significant.

Conclusion: The decline in the platelet count during gestation is possibly caused by increased destruction or hemodilution. It may also be a consequence of physiological increase in fibrinolysis within the uteroplacental circulation in order to maintain the blood flow. There may be increased platelet consumption too, leading to a greater proportion of younger, larger platelets.

Keywords: Platelets, Pregnancy and Puerperium.