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what does it mean when your blood platelets are high

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Cooper
48 years experience Pediatrics
More info needed: High blood and platelet counts may mean nothing, but need to evaluate based on examination, white blood cell count and how high red cell count and pl ... Read More

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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No: 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 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Jin
Dr. David Jin answered
21 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Thanks for asking!: There are 2 major processes associated with thrombocytosis (high platelet count), namely (1) essential or primary; (2) reactive or secondary. Primary ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
28 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: Hard to comment without the actual number.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
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Nope: Normal ranges for lab tests are calculated to represent the range within which a given result will be in 95% of healthy people. That means 5% of ALL ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
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Yes, it can be: High NORMAL is perfectly normal, however if you are above the normal range, then you could have a condition that would make you more susceptible to va ... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Jin
Dr. David Jin answered
21 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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