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A 39-year-old member asked:

What could lead to low platelets and painful joints?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Licata
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis lupus itp and other autoimmune diseases can cause joint pain and low platelet count.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies: There are a number of possibilities, some very benign and others much more serious. A detailed exam and further studies can usually determine the cause. Among some of the potential causes include an inflammatory arthritic condition, a malignancy, or a reactive arthritis associated with a thrombocytopenia. You certainly would need thorough evaluation. Thank you for the question.
Last updated Jul 6, 2013

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