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Thrombocytopenia and Carcinoma

Br Med J 1970; 1 doi: (Published 28 February 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;1:540
  1. G. N. Brodie,
  2. D. Bliss,
  3. B. G. Firkin


    The cases of two patients suffering from carcinoma of the lung and severe thrombocytopenia are described. The thrombocytopenia was probably due to an immune mechanism and not to marrow replacement by carcinoma or consumption coagulopathy. It is suggested that patients in the older age group presenting with thrombocytopenia may have occult carcinoma.