Evaluation of Neonatal Anemia and Thrombocytopenia

12:00 PM to 1:00PM (Americas) Central Time (US & Canada)

Martha Sola-Visner, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, Boston, MA

This session will review the incidence, clinical significance, and diagnostic evaluation of anemia, iron deficiency and thrombocytopenia in neonates. I will also discuss the clinical utility of current tools and parameters to assist in the evaluation of anemia, iron deficiency and thrombocytopenia in the neonatal population, including recent studies on Reticulocyte Hemoglobin (RET-He) and the Immature Platelet Fraction (IPF).


  • Describe the importance of iron status during infancy on neurodevelopment and discuss the use of RET-He in the diagnosis of iron deficiency.
  • Define the incidence of thrombocytopenia in neonates, the most common causes, and the diagnostic challenges.
  • Recognize the need for improved tests to evaluate platelet production in this population.

This session provides 1 contact hour through P.A.C.E.® and the state of Florida.

Sysmex America is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.


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