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What is thrombocytopenia?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice 31 years experience
LOW Platlet count: 'thrombocytes' are platelets and 'penia' means low in the blood. A low platelet count is generally a 'bone marrow problem' where production is decreased due to tumor (e.g. Leukemia), infection (e.g. Viruses) or toxins (alcoholism) and other diagnoses. Another cause of thrombocytopenia is a clotting problem where platelets are consumed (used up) as in a condition (d.I.C.).
Dr. Michelle Powers
Specializes in Pathology
Thrombocytopenia: Thrombocytopenia means low platelets. Platelets are important for blood clotting. There are many reasons people become thrombocytopenia and there are many different levels of severity, some of which need therapy and some which do not.
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Thrombocytopenia...: Is the medical term for a low platelet count. The normal range is wide (150-400k), and although a platelet count below 150k is considered low, it has to fall much more before spontaneous bleeding becomes a consideration. There are many causes, reflecting synthetic dysfunction, consumption, inappropriate destruction or a combination of these. We can treat many causes with meds and/or transfusions.
Dr. Scott Diede
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Low platelets: Low platelets are caused by a lack of production or increased destruction. Immune thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus (will resolve on its own), or be as serious as leukemia.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
LOW PLATLET COUNT: Thrombocytes also called platlets are cells in our blood and have important function in clotting of blood. When there is lower than normal count of these cells in the blood it is called Thrombocytopenia Normal Platlet Count is 150000 to 450000,and when it goes below 50000 it is called Thrombocytopenia and can cause tendency to bleed like nose bleed,easily bruising and purpura(petechiae)

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Bleeding: Normal platelet counts are 150-250 k. Usually there are no symptoms if the count is above 40 k. Below that there may be pin point or larger bleeding sites in the mucus membrane or skin. In newborns there may be bleeding in the brain. Other abnormal bleeding may be nose bleed, excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding in the intestine etc.
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What are the tests for thrombocytopenia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
CBC and further: A complete blood cell count (CBC) includes the number of platelets in blood. Normal range is from about 150k to 250 k. There is usually no risk of bleeding if the count is above 40k. If thrombocytopenia is detected, it would require further investigation to ascertain the cause.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Is thrombocytopenia curable?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Depends on cause: Easily treatable causes of thrombocytopenia include drugs and infections. Thrombocytopenia due to bone marrow problems (cancer, myelodysplastic syyndrome, etc.) and autoimmune problems are harder to treat.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What's thrombocytopenia and how can it be treated?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on cause: Thrombocytopenia refers to low platelet count, a blood cell type needed for normal control of bleeding. Treatment depends on the cause of the abnormality. Some times platelets are transfused, like blood transfusion, to correct bleeding due to low platelet count.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Is thrombocytopenia hereditary?

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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Can be in some cases: Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) has many possible causes, but most are not inherited. Inherited types include wiskott-aldrich syndrome and the rare giant platelet disorders.

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