Importance of Platelet Count and Hematocrit in Dengue Fever in Children

Farhana Rahat, Morsheda Khanam, Kazi Iman, UK Ghosh, NK Ghosh
2021 Bangladesh Journal of Child Health  
Dengue fever has become one of the most important public health concerns now a day due to increasing complications and fatal outcomes. Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome are life threatening but reversible complications of dengue fever. Objectives: This study was performed to evaluate the relationship between platelet count and hematocrit with the severity of dengue infection in pediatric age group. Materials & Methods: This was a prospective observational study which included
more » ... dy which included 280 dengue seropositive children of 1 month to 15 years, conducted during 1st June to 30th November, 2018 in a tertiary care hospital of Dhaka. Results: Out of 280 dengue cases, 187(66.78%) had thrombocytopenia and 88(47%) had raised hematocrit. Among the thrombocytopenic patients 44% had dengue fever, 47% had dengue hemorrhagic fever and 9% dengue shock syndrome. A significant co-relation was observed between the severities of thrombocytopenia and raised hematocrit with the appearance of dengue warning signs in case of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Conclusion: Thrombocytopenia and raised hematocrit were related to the severity of dengue hemorrhagic fever. Bangladesh J Child Health 2020; VOL 44 (2) :74-77
doi:10.3329/bjch.v44i2.51129 fatcat:zfow5t2gwnhp7hmvmloqbdt4qi