What is an acceptable preoperative platelet count

A normal platelet count is 150,000 to 440,000 mm3. Thrombocytopenia is defined as a count of < 150,000 mm3. Intraoperative bleeding can be severe with counts of 40,000-to 70,000 mm3, and spontaneous bleeding usually occurs at counts < 20,000 mm3. The minimal recommended platelet count before surgery is 75,000 mm3. However, qualitative differences in platelet function make it unwise to rely solely on platelet count. Thrombocytopenic patients with accelerated destruction but active production...