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what does a low platlet count mean

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience 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

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A 47-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
A 48-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 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Thrombocytopenia: you have moderate thrombocytopenia- or low platelet. go to see doctor to find the cause. platelet can be low due to many different things from infecti ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience 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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Low neutrophil count: = Neutropenia = low white blood cell. White blood cells help to fight infections.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Low RBC means your red blood cell count is low. It could be from exessive loss, or inadequate production. There are other tests which coud help deter ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Context: I can drive my own neutrophil count to levels that would make my colleagues worry about leukemia simply by spending fifteen minutes swimming in the la ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Typically: nothing. It is a normal finding. Cells are sensitive to corticosteroids, so could also mean recent prednisone treatment.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Cook
Dr. Seth Cook answered
25 years experience Pathology
It is not specific.: Increased monocytes may be caused by many different disorders. The most common causes are infection and recovery from neutropenia (low neutrophils in ... 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Nothing: There are no diseases that cause low bilirubin levels.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
CBC: Basophils are a type of white blood cell that kill gerns. High basophil count means that there are a higher percentage than normal in a complete blood ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
32 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Complicated: Platelets may increase as a secondary phenomena due to inflammatory conditions; the ESR is an indirect measurement of inflammation. Putting it togethe ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Anemia and more: Low red cell count means anemia and it can be due to many reasons. Low white blood cell counts have a broader spectrum and each type of white cell cou ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Deborah Sculco
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things: Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count. This due to edta in the blood tube ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Big picture: Low hemoglobin always requires a workup. It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary it ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
47 years experience 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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