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A test for platelet-associated antibodies shows whether you have antibodies that are directed against platelets in your blood.
A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see: Venipuncture
No special preparation is necessary for adults.
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
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McMillan R. Hemorrhagic disorders: Abnormalities of platelet and vascular function. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 179.
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