Acquired and inherited platelet disorders can present with bleeding symptoms during adolescence. Platelet disorders include disorders of platelet number and disorders of platelet function. In adolescent females with platelet disorders, menorrhagia is a common presenting bleeding symptom. Other associated bleeding symptoms are also primarily mucocutaneous, including epistaxis and bruising. Excessive bleeding may also occur after hemostatic challenges. Diagnosis of disorders of platelet function usually requires light transmission platelet aggregometry. Management of menorrhagia in the adolescent with platelet disorders requires both hematologic and gynecologic treatment.

View Article