Reduction of platelet counts induced by mechanical ventilation in newborn infants

Ami Ballin, Gideon Koren, David Kohelet, René Burger, Mark Greenwald, A. Charles Bryan, Alvin Zipursky

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The association between platelet counts and mechanical ventilation was assessed in 61 newborn infants with respiratory distress syndrome, 10 infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and 10 infants with tracheoesophageal fistula. A significant decrease in platelet counts was observed during mechanical ventilation: (mean±SD) reduction of 39%±5%, 42%±5.6%, and 11.9%±5.4% in the three groups, respectively, independent of other causes. In the group with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, there was a significant correlation between mean airway pressure and the reduction in platelet counts. In a subsequent series of experiments, platelet counts were recorded before and during ventilation in rabbits. A significant mean decrease of 37.3% in platelet counts was associated with ventilation with either air or pure oxygen. Results of these studies indicate that mechanical ventilation itself may cause a major decrease in platelet count in newborn infants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1987
Externally publishedYes


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