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A 33-year-old female asked:

high platelet 499/450..diagnosed wth microcytic anemia. presence of few atypical lymphocytes in smear. no blast noted. could ths be natural reaction?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Iron deficiency.: The most connon cause of microcytic anemia and high platelets would be iron deficiency. There are some more rare possibilities. If iron deficiency, treatment is easy, but the cause must be found, since iron deficiency almost always is because of blood loss. Menstruation/pregnancy/lactation is the most common cause, but bleeding from the GI tract has to be considered also.
Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Varies: Full dose aspirin: 3-5 days baby aspirin: 1-2 days plavix: 7 days. Coumadin: 5-7 days. Heparin: 2-3 hours. Lovemox: 12 hours. These are approximations. Hope this helps.

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Last updated Jul 21, 2014

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