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J Res Med Sci 2020,  25:58

Platelet count among the patients with novel coronavirus 2019 infection: An observation on 46 cases

1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission02-Feb-2020
Date of Decision12-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance19-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/jrms.JRMS_114_20

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Platelet count among the patients with novel coronavirus 2019 infection: An observation on 46 cases. J Res Med Sci 2020;25:58

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Platelet count among the patients with novel coronavirus 2019 infection: An observation on 46 cases. J Res Med Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jul 29];25:58. Available from: https://www.jmsjournal.net/text.asp?2020/25/1/58/288694

Dear Editor,

Novel coronavirus 2019 infection is a new emerging infectious disease firstly emerged in China in December 2019.[1] The patients usually have febrile illness with lung problem.[1],[2] At present, this new disease is already imported to many countries such as Thailand, therefore, it is considered as an important public health threat at present.[3] Hematological alteration in this new disease is an interesting topic. In the previous similar emerging coronavirus infection, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), thrombocytopenia is an important clinical problem.[4]

Here, the authors retrospectively assessed on available data on 46 infected coronavirus cases (31 males and 15 females, aged between 25- and 74-year-old) during the 1st month of disease outbreak (December 2019 to January 2020) in China and Thailand.[1],[2],[3] The main focused studied parameter is platelet count. Based on the analysis, the average platelet count is equal to 146.62 ± 65.75 × 109/L (min 136.93×109/L; max 156.3 × 109/L). The frequency of thrombocytopenia is 4.35%. Therefore, there is low platelet count among some patients with novel coronavirus 2019 infection. This can imply the possible similar problem of thrombocytopenia among this new coronavirus infection, similar to the previous observation in MERS.[4]

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