A 46-year-old member asked:
what does it mean to have low blood platelets? how is it treated?
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Dr. Scott Diede answered
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Depends on cause: Platelets help form clots. Low platelets are caused by lack of production or 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, or be as serious as leukemia.
Answered on Apr 28, 2016
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