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what does a low platelet count mean on blood test

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience in Aesthetic Medicine
How low is it: It becomes critical when you count starts to fall to the 20 range. The platelets change in number every day sometimes viruses and other illnesses lowe ... Read More

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A male asked:
Dr. Todd Mcniff
19 years experience in Internal Medicine
The : The two tests are totally unrelated. Well, most of the time they are, but it gets a little complicated, as you'll see.... A psa (prostate-specific a ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Normal range: Usually 150 - 450000 counts are in normal range as you quote.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Low RDW is good: Rdw refers to the variation in the size of red blood cells. Normal value is from 11.5 to 14.5. There is preliminary evidence that high RDW values may ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience in 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
What is the actual: Value? Low mean platelet volume may be normal.
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
How low?: A low white cell count could predispose a person to infections. The reason for low white cell count may be bone marrow malfunction, excessive destruct ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: Hard to comment without the actual number.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
Platelets: The platelet count often is abbreviated as plt. The is one important measure of clotting ability.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
How low?: If they are just a bit below the range (which is what most people have), but above 1000, and your physician isn't concerned, then you should not be ei ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jan answered
65 years experience in Family Medicine
Mononucleosis: An infection where neck gland become enlarged, fever, weakness and is easily treated.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Lab error or real: The platelets are fragile & subject to clumping in the specimen& that drops the count. Repeating a level would be prudent on a random low count. True ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jan answered
65 years experience in Family Medicine
Probably anemia: When hemoglobin and hematocrit are also low, thisis called anemia, and is treated easily by takinf ferrous sulphate 5 gr. Daily for few months.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Grover
25 years experience in General Surgery
You can bleed: A low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Platelets stick together as part of a clot forming cascade. If you run out of platelets, or any oth ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Probably nothing: Generally nothing. It usually has no clinical significance although it can be low in severe liver disease such as cirrhosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience in Hematology
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other typ ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience in Internal Medicine
Possibly nothing: It depends on how low. Lymphs are one of the types of cells that fight infection but in isolated general questions like this without numbers it is ver ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
How high?: Thalassemia may be associated with high RBC count to make up for the small size of RBCs. For polycythemia, you may consult this site: http://www.medic ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience in Pediatrics
No problem: The MPV means the size of the platelets. Size of platelets can be hereditary. Occasional syndromes have low MPV and larger MPV can be associated w ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Low cells: A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a cbc, but the main ones are ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
May be infection: 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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
See a doctor: This can be one of several things. If you are otherwise completely healthy, it may indicate a bone marrow disease called polycythemia vera. If you hav ... Read More
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A 97-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes: yes.....bruising, bleeding will be increased.
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