Thrombocytopenia causes (mnemonic)

Last revised by Andrew Murphy on 9 Aug 2021

A mnemonic to remember the commonest causes of thrombocytopenia is:



  • P: platelet disorders (DIC, TTP, ITP)
  • L: leukemia 
  • A: anemia
  • T: trauma
  • E: enlarged spleen
  • L: liver disease
  • E: ethanol
  • T: toxicity (heparin, aspirin, chemotherapy, benzene)
  • S: sepsis

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