Statins side effects: Drug can cause thrombocytopenia warns the NHS – signs on your body


“To our knowledge, this is the fourth reported case of atorvastatin-induced thrombocytopenia,” wrote the researchers.

A 69-year-old female with a history of hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) presented to the hospital with atraumatic bruising, traumatic right knee hematoma, and multiple painless “blood blisters” which she noticed one day prior.

Her history was negative for bleeding disorders, anticoagulant use, and antiplatelet use. She started taking atorvastatin 20 mg daily about 10 weeks before presenting for hyperlipidemia.

The patient was found to have profound thrombocytopenia on admission to hospital. It was determined that atorvastatin use was behind the thrombocytopenia.


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