Risks, costs, and alternatives to platelet transfusions.

Abstract

The use of platelet transfusions has increased greatly in the past decade and is likely to continue to escalate because of the risks of thrombocytopenia in patients receiving dose-intensive cancer chemotherapy, the increased use of hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation, and the prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus infection. Despite marked… (More)

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