A 44-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what does it mean when a child's platelets are low?

1 doctor answer
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 can form in certain conditions that destroy plts soon after they are made or they can be used up quickly in excessive clotting states. The production sites in the bone marrow can be invaded & shut down as in leukemia.
Answered on Dec 15, 2014

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 6-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Likely viral illness: The lymphocytes come up percentage wise in many viral illnesses. A mild elevation of the platelets is a non-specific indicator of stress common with a ... Read More
A 40-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
1
1 comment
1
1 thank
A 29-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
3
3 thanks
A 31-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
4
4 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month