A 41-year-old member asked:
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my child is five years old and has a low platelet count. what could be the cause and treatment?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
56 years experience Psychiatry
Doc needed: Many causes of low platelet count. First let's just make sure by using another lab. Please consult with a hematologist. Tomorrow. This is just too important!
Answered on May 11, 2016
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Many: There are many causes for a low platelet count. Some can be serious but most are not. Probably the most common is caused by a virus and will resolve on its own but i would see a hematology doctor to decide if any further work up needs to be done.
Answered on Aug 14, 2020
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: This can be lab error, something is preventing their creation or something is consuming them too fast. Platelets can sometimes clump together & confuse the lab equipment, causing a false low number. A very nasty illness can stop their creation. Other illnesses can consume or use up platelets so fast their numbers drop.Treatment is based on verifying the condition & identifying the cause
Answered on Jul 25, 2017

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Dr. Michael Dugan
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That is just: Barely low. Long list of possibilities, but at this level no need for "treatment".

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