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Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be seen: There are a great number of variables that can cause low platelet counts.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
To correct the issue: Low platelet counts usually occur because platelets are destroyed in the spleen at a faster rate than new platelets can be produced. If conservative t ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Brouwer
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Low platelets: It could be due to impaired production of platelets from the bone marrow, or from increased destruction which usually occurs in the spleen. Itp is an ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Thrombocytopenia: Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) can be caused by many conditions, both benign and malignant. Some people are born with it. Other times it's due to a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
Folic acid deficient: Is one of the most common reasons; there are literally hundreds of others. You might start by taking a daily multivitamin, but i it doesn't work you ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things.: High platelets can occur with bleeding, iron deficiency and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. They can be high due to a blood dis ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Need some detail: Here. How low and how high. Could be "nothing" all the way up to a significant blood disorder such as essential thrombocythemia.
A 9-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: The blood is composed of many cellular and non-cellular elements. One or more of these can be elevated or low for several reasons.Without an indicatio ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
No one thing: No one thing would cause both of the conditions listed. However, in women, hypothyroidism can cause long heavy periods, which, over time, could lead t ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Le Wang
Dr. Le Wang answered
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Low platelet: Yes. 1/3 iron def cause low platelet. 1/3 cause high platelet. Nobody knows why.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Probably normal.: Just about anything and everything. These numbers are not so abnormal.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
High platelet count: There are many causes for a high platelet count. Many times it is reactive--in response to another medical issue like an infection or having no splee ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Thrombocytosis...: ...Is the clinical term for a platelet count > 450k. This is subclassified as primary (essential) vs. Secondary: the former is due to unexplained pr ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Engel
19 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Answer differs,: Depending on which count you are talking about, but the common feature in all cases is that the count should not be outside a normal range. There is n ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Platelet count: In an adult, a normal count is about 150, 000 to 450, 000 platelets per microliter of blood.If platelet levels fall below 20, 000 per microliter, spon ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guy VanDell
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Anemia: Anemia can cause fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, and if severe enough organ damage.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Toddler: Your toddler may have an infectious process.See your doctor for further evaluation.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See your doctor: What you described is not an issue for self diagnosis or self treatment. One needs to determine the cause of the abnormality and treat that cause. Ple ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rawhi Omar
43 years experience Pathology
How low?: Platelets in normal range help stop bleeding when we are injured. Low platelet count below 100000 increases our risk of bleeding ; it becomes dangerou ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faisal Sayeed
30 years experience Anesthesiology
Rule out infection: You have to rule out infection . If no infection then waite and repeat the test in 20 days.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience General Surgery
Yes.: You may have underlying blood disorder. It is best to talk to your doctor to begin investigation. Sometimes a hematologist may need to be involve if ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
It depends: How elevated and underlying cause. If it is more than 1 million, it can cause thrombotic complications. If it is caused by a hematologic disorder, y ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Blood problem: High platelets come from infection, inflammation, bleeding, iron deficiency, tumors, and various blood diseases. If there is an electrolyte problem f ... Read More
A 97-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: yes.....bruising, bleeding will be increased.
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