Immediate maternal complications associated with thrombocytopenia among women delivering at a tertiary hospital in Southwestern Uganda


  • David Ruiru Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kampala International University Western Campus, Uganda
  • Emmanuel Nzabandora Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kampala International University Western Campus, Uganda
  • Robinson Ssebuufu Department of Surgery, Kampala International University Western Campus, Uganda
  • Simon Byonanuwe Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kampala International University Western Campus, Uganda



Haematological abnormality in pregnancy, Immediate maternal outcomes, Thrombocytopenia


Background: Thrombocytopenia is a serious threat both to the mother and the fetus world over. We established the prevalence and associated immediate maternal complications of thrombocytopenia among women delivering at Kampala International University Teaching Hospital (KIUTH) so as to help us draw a platform for provision of appropriate interventions.

Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study involving 386 women was conducted in the months of May 2019 to August 2019. Questionnaires and laboratory result forms were used to obtain the data. Data analyses were conducted using STATA version 14.2.

Results: The prevalence of thrombocytopenia was 15.8%. Significant immediate maternal outcomes were placenta abruption which was higher among women with thrombocytopenia (44.3%) than those with no thrombocytopenia (2.2%; p<0.001) and postpartum haemorrhage which was higher among those with thrombocytopenia (45.9%) than those with no thrombocytopenia (6.8%; p<0.001).

Conclusions: Thrombocytopenia is a serious obstetric issue worth paying extra attention at this facility.

Author Biography

David Ruiru, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kampala International University Western Campus, Uganda

Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Lecturer of obstetrics and Gynecolgy, Kampala International University Western Campus


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