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what does a high platelet count mean in blood

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Jin
Dr. David Jin answered
20 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Hematology workup: The elevation of these 2 parameters of the CBC (complete blood count) may reflect infection or inflammation. However, depending on the chronicity and ... Read More

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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: Hard to comment without the actual number.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 ... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Get it repeated: Platelet count can rise even with exertion. Suggest that you talk to your doctor re. whether it's worth getting another test (make sure she doesn't ex ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
You are mixed up!: Your platelet count is perfectly normal(Normal level ranges from 150,000 to 300,000. WBC count should be under 10,000...so your WBC count is a bit hig ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Why the tests?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
19 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Not much: Platelets are an inflammatory marker, so they typically go up with most infection or inflammation, such as a cold. If they're very high, your pediatri ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Question cut off: It may or may not mean anything. Don't know the actual elevations or your clinical history. Not enough info to determine.
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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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