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Why would a splenectomy increase the number of platelets in my blood

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Filter Removal: One of the jobs of the spleen is to filter old or damaged blood cells and platelets from the bloodstream. The most common reason to perform a splenec ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirpal Singh
23 years experience General Surgery
See below : Spleen is the major (not the only) organ that filters the blood and removes any defective blood cells including platelets. If it is not there, platele ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
The spleen has func-: -ti on in the immune system, so clotting is not of concern from splenectomy .
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Zero : I do trust you got the pneumococcal vaccine and will get seen fast for any sudden bad fever.
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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience Pediatrics
Thromocytosis: There are many reasons for thrombocytosis, diagnosis and etiology of the condition usually involves evaluation of a blood smear of peripheral blood c ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Probably none: Occasionally low plts will be part of a nutritional deficiency, usually iron deficiency, but it should be obvious with other findings like anemia and ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Quite a few: Things. The most common thing would be an acute infection, usually bacterial. Also could be seen in a heavy smoker, other stressful illness and myelo ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Not always: Blood counts can be off only if the cancer is of the blood cells(leukemia). Otherwise most cancers do not effect the blood directly. Chemotherapy does ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
19 years experience Pathology
Many causes...: Many things can cause high bilirubin and low white count. Common causes are biliary obstruction by gallstones, tumors or scarring in the gallbladder, ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need data: You did not provide the actual counts. The count may be your normal value. Uncomplicated bruise of the rib is not expected to raise WBC count.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Can't say & resupply: Low red cell count is either from lack of production, early destruction, or loss (= bleeding). That part of question depends on your Dr's eval and tes ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
34 years experience Family Medicine
No: There are different CEA markers for different cancer that your oncologist will monitor you.Platelet increase does not mean that your cancer is back, s ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
57 years experience General Surgery
What RU using?: What do you use for anti-coagulation? Heparin? There is a condition called hit: Heparin induced low platelet count that can induce blood clot formati ... Read More
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Hypertension: Do not miss meds, rebound hypertension spike is possible.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Many possibilities: What is the absolute count? It may be low yet still within the normal limits. Causes of low lymphocyte count, not in any particular order are: active ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Many conditions: Many conditions cause an elevated WBC count. They include bacterial infections, corticosteroid or lithium administration, many inflammatory condition ... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Serum amylase: Presence of amylase in serum for short period of time after pancreatitis. This process managed by gastroenterologist and not medical oncologist who m ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Generally these are not normal. See an internal medicine doctor or hematology specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
It can be: A platelet count over 1 million can have health consequences. Either clotting or bleeding. The most common reasons are reactive such iron deficiency ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How high?: Normal WBC count is 4-11 thousand and within this range all counts are normal. Bacterial infections are a common cause of high WBC count. Leukemias al ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Very likely.: There are many kinds of leukemia. Some not as severe or devastating as others. Depending on the type and severity of the leukemia, one may have as m ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Its an antibody.: Antibody types in your blood include igg, IgA and igm. When there is a generalized increase in antibodies, which can happen with inflammation, it's c ... Read More
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