Platelet esoteric testing: When and why

Virtual Lecture

Expires: May 27, 2023


In this month’s “Virtual Lecture,” Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., reviews the platelet laboratory testing algorithm and explains esoteric platelet testing.


Length of video: 35 minutes


Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Division of Hematopathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Know the platelet laboratory testing algorithm
  2. Understand esoteric platelet testing
  3. Use two real-life cases to illustrate the typical esoteric platelet testing experience

Intended audience

This program is appropriate for clinicians, pathologists, medical technologists, nurses, pharmacists, and other allied health staff.


The following types of credit are offered for this event:


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 0.5 P.A.C.E.® contact hour.

To obtain credit

1. Watch the video.

2. Complete the posttest and evaluation that launches immediately following the video.

3. Generate and print your certificate(s).

Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

Faculty disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.


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