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A 42-year-old male asked:

I was told i had slightly low platelet count does that mean i have leukemia?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ravi Nerella
Hospital-based practice 25 years experience
Not necessarily : There are several components in blood tests. The various components vary in ranges due many causes. Just because one component is low does not necessarily mean you have a certain disease. Your physician will take into consideration all of the components in the test done to determine if there is something to worry about. If you have a concern discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Robert Grieco
Family Medicine 38 years experience
No: Temporally, slightly low platelets, that are still more then 100, 000 usually have little significance. You can see that as a consequence of viral infection. If they remain low and are trending down think liver disease or auto-immune problems, and medications. In the absence of other abnormalities it isn't a harbinger of lymphoma. Best to to with your doc about it. Good health.

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What does a slightly low platelet count mean?

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean to have a low platelet count?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 28 years experience
Folic acid deficient: Is one of the most common reasons; there are literally hundreds of others. You might start by taking a daily multivitamin, but i it doesn't work you have to dig deeper.
Last updated Oct 6, 2018

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