Platelet indices : simple and effective tool in monitoring illness

By Dr. Parag Dharap, Ayesha Khan, Dr. Ankur Lath-

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Platelets are anucleated, colorless , disc shaped cell fragments helpful in the clotting of blood. platelet indices such as - MPV,PDW,PCT,PLCC/PLCR are calculated from various measurements carried out by hematology analyzers and are easily available to the users. They are valuable markers of platelet morphology and its production kinetics. These indices have been demonstrated to be of significance in severity assessment and monitoring illness through different studies. Thus, effective and conscientious utilization of frequently available platelet indices can provide valuable insights into patient management, without the additional burden of cost and time on the labs.


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