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what are platelets?

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Dr. Videh Mahajan
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Platelets: Blood celss help with clotting.
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Control bleeding: Platelets monitor blood vessels and if there is injury, stick to the site of injury (adhesion) and then release chemicals that attract other platelets (release reaction). Other platelets respond by being drawn to the area of injury and attaching to the growing platelet plug (aggregation). Activated platelets also provide a surface that supports blood clotting (coagulation).

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A 66-year-old male asked:

Platelet too high?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Essential: Thrombocytosis is a seemingly benign over-production of platelets but has a tendency to lead to clots and strokes, and may be a true myeloproliferative (leukemia like) disorder. You need to see a hematologist/oncologist to seal the diagnosis and discuss the need for treatment and options.
Franklin, VA
A 44-year-old female asked:

Does your shins, make your platelets?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
No: The bone marrow does. Specifically the megakaryocytes in the marrow make your platelets. Hope this helps.
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A 15-year-old male asked:

How to naturally increase platelets?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Platelets: I see you are suffering from liver cirrhosis. In this case your platelets are affected. There is no natural cure for cirrhosis unfortunately and therefore there is no natural supplement to boost your platelets.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What does clumped platelets mean?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Clumping together: Platelets are sticky cells thus they can stick and clump together. As a result of platelet clumping, platelet counts reported by automated counters may be much lower than the actual count in the blood because these devices cannot differentiate platelet clumps from individual cells.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

What can cause raised platelets?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
See details: Sometimes there is no definite cause and this is known as essential thrombocytosis. Causes including acute bleeding, allergic reactions, cancer, chronic kidney failure, exercise, infections, removal of your spleen, inflammation such as from rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, trauma and certain medications.

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