One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormal proliferation of the cells that produce blood platelets, leading to an excess of platelets in the blood and increasing risk either of thrombosis or of bleeding.
- ‘Dehydration during the marathon combined with an underlying thrombocythaemia probably precipitated his thrombosis.’
- ‘The blood dyscrasias that most commonly lead to leg ulceration are sickle cell disease, thalassaemia, thrombocythaemia, and polycythaemia rubra vera.’
- ‘We report the clinical findings in a patient with essential thrombocythaemia who presented with partial third nerve paralysis.’
- ‘I was diagnosed as having essential/primary thrombocythaemia three years ago.’
- ‘Erythromelalgia, a symptom complex of painful inflammatory vasodilatation of extremities, is usually idiopathic or due to thrombocythaemia.’
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