Hematologic Emergencies in the PICU

  • Martin C. J. Kneyber


The pediatric critical care physician is frequently challenged by hematologic abnormalities in critically ill children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The challenge is to differentiate between primary hematologic emergencies that require critical care interventions and abnormalities secondary to other disease conditions. It is therefore necessary for the pediatric critical care physician to collaborate with the pediatric hematologist when managing such patients. This chapter summarizes some of the most common hematologic emergencies of red blood cell (RBC), white blood cell (WBC), or platelet disorders observed in critically ill children that may require attention of the pediatric critical care physician.


Hematologic emergency Erythrocyte Platelets Sickle cell disease White blood cells 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Paediatric Intensive Care, Department of PaediatricsBeatrix Children’s Hospital, University Medical Centre Groningen, The University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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