A 46-year-old member asked:
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what exactly does it mean to have a low blood platelet count?

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Dr. Scott Grover
25 years experience General Surgery
You can bleed: A low platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. Platelets stick together as part of a clot forming cascade. If you run out of platelets, or any other component, then you will have a hard time stopping any bleeding.
Answered on Jan 21, 2020
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Dr. Rafael Lugo
27 years experience General Surgery
Destruction: It either means that you are not producing them or that your body is decrying them faster than it can produce them. Depending on the level, you may have ncrease risk of bleeding. See a hematologist soon to determine cause which can be many.
Answered on Jan 21, 2020
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