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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).
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Error,prodctn,distru: A random low platelet count is often the result of the nature of the test. Platelets are frail & may clump in the specimen before the test is run so a falsely lowered count is found.Low production during illness or bone marrow failure usually shows up in several blood cells. Increased destruction by immune factors or loss with bleeding disorders are seen. Platelets only last a few days at best.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What does a slightly low platelet count mean?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 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.
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 40-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 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.
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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