Teaching Cases

ASH Teaching Cases emphasize standard approaches to classic hematologic problems and are designed to simulate the steps involved in diagnosing a patient, from taking the history and performing a physical exam, to ordering and interpreting lab tests, to making a final diagnosis and following the clinical course of the disease. While working through each case, learners are challenged to consider the right questions to ask at each step in the process. Each case includes a set of teaching points and a bibliography with links to references. To keep track of your progress in cases you’ve started, view all cases in progress in My Dashboard.

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Category IV: Platelet Disorders

IV-1 - Thrombocytopenia

Terry Gernsheimer, MD, and Michele B. Frank, MD

A 23-year-old female complains of a rash, easy bruising, nosebleeds, gum bleeding with flossing, and an unusually heavy menses.

IV-2 - Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

Shirley P. Levine, MD

A 32-year-old woman comes to the ER complaining of episodic orbital headaches, difficulty moving her tongue, difficulty speaking, and intermittent numbness of her extremities for the last week.

IV-3 - Thrombocytopenia After Coronary Bypass Surgery

Ted Wun, MD

A 58-year-old man develops a fever after coronary artery bypass surgery.

IV-4 - Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy

Martina C. Murphy, MD

A 33 year old pregnant woman presents with thrombocytopenia.

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