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Table 3 Association between the admission platelet count, bleeding complications and outcome

From: The clinical implications of thrombocytopenia in adults with severe falciparum malaria: a retrospective analysis

Platelet count on admission (× 10 9 /L) n Any bleeding during hospitalisation Died with bleeding complications Survived but required blood transfusion for bleeding Major bleeding a Died from any cause
Less than 20 39 6 (15%) 0 3 (7.7%) 3 (7.7%) 18 (46%)
20 to 49 289 74 (26%) 20 (6.9%) 9 (3.1%) 29 (10 %) 59 (20%)
50 to 99 235 46 (20%) 9 (3.8%) 6 (2.6%) 15 (6.4%) 24 (10%)
≥100 84 5 (6%) 1 (1.2%) 2 (2.4%) 3 (3.6%) 6 (7.1%)
Total 647 131(20%) 30 (4.6%) 20 (3.1%) 50 (7.7%) 107 (17%)
  1. a Patients who died from bleeding complications or who had bleeding and received blood transfusion.