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What causes a low platelet count?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Thrombocytopenia: Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) can be caused by many conditions, both benign and malignant. Some people are born with it. Other times it's due to a lab error known as "platelet clumping". Many medications can cause it. There are also a host of serious hematological problems which cause low platelets, such as itp and leukemia. It's very important that low platelets be evaluated by a hematologist.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What does a low platelet count be caused by?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Low platelet count, thrombocytopenia, may be due to low production, as in bone marrow failure, excessive alcohol intake; increased destruction as in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or drug related platelet destruction. Enlarge spleen form any cause may lower platelet count. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/definition/con-20027170.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you live with a low platelet count?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
YES: Many people do and live quite normally. Just make sure you have periodic surveillance and report any abnormal bleeding / bruising without delay. Critically low platelet count can result in severe and potentially life threatening bleeding complication.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What does a low platelet count mean?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Lab error or real: The platelets are fragile & subject to clumping in the specimen& that drops the count. Repeating a level would be prudent on a random low count. True low counts come from decreased production(illness, bad bone marrow, cancer) or increased loss/destruction (disease, bleeding disorder).
A 42-year-old member asked:

I have a low platelet count. What do I do to help this?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Low platelet count: See an hematologist and voice your concerns and he will be able to track this into an appropriate diagnosis.
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A 39-year-old female asked:

Chronic low platelet count. What could it be?

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
?ITP: It could be idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpure (ITP},but if you taking any medication it could be secondary side effect of medication , so you should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

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