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A 30-year-old member asked:

What could cause low platelets?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Many things: Low platelets are caused either because the bone marrow is not making enough platelets, or they are being destroyed. This is a potentially serious problem and should be evaluated by a hematologist.
Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Varied...: Low platelets are caused by a lack of production or increased destruction. Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus (will resolve), or be as serious as leukemia.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

What are causes for mildly low platelets?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/causes/CON-20027170 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How low is to low for platelets?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Complicated.: This is a great question. The major worry of platelets being too lowis unexplained bleeding into the head, which can be very serious. This risk is present at different levels for different patients. It depends on quite a bit of variables: age, recent injury, other illnesses, current bleeding, chance of platelet recovery, etc. Clearly if there is troublesome bleeding, they are too low.
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A 45-year-old male asked:

Can gout cause low platelets?

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Dr. Nisha Manek
Specializes in Rheumatology
Thrombocytopenia: Acute gout, a very inflammatory condition, is usually assoc. with high platelets, also called thrombocytosis. If a patient with Gout is on treatment called allopurinol to reduce uric acid, than a side effect of this medicine is low platelets. But this is rare; would advise a thorough review of all medications and interactions to be sure that there is no unwanted side effects from medications

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