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what does platelets being low mean to me

A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
Thrombocytopenia: It means you could be easily. There are different levels of low platelets. Depending on how low, your overall health, your medications, comorbid med ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Various: Low= error in test, increased breakdown or decreased production.Some sampling methods (fingerstick)are more prone to give inacurate results.Antibodies ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Curtis Simmons
27 years experience Family Medicine
At risk for bleeding: Platelets are the cells in your blood line to help your blood to clot. When they are low, you may bruise easy and it may take longer for bleeding to s ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Just means: The average size of the platelets are small. May not mean anything.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Iron deficiency Anem: You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we dont have the number is coinc ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Anemia: If someone have low hemoglobin called anemia, and as a result high platelet count called thrombocytosis, usual cause is iron deficiency. Iron deficien ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Iron deficiency Anem: Low hemoglobin may be from excessive blood loss guring menstruation or some other cause and high platlet may be mildly elevated and there is no proble ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Depends on cause: Platelets help form clots. Low platelets are caused by lack of production or destruction. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things: Bleeding or iron deficiency can cause this, but so can several other things including bone marrow problems. See your doctor or a hematologist to deter ... Read More

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