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A 49-year-old female asked:

last week my doctor said i have pleuritis caused by virus. would this cause platelet count to be higher? it was 501(501,000) and everything else ok.

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Dr. Rawhi Omar
Pathology 44 years experience
No: It is necessary to see the rest of your blood cell counts. Ask your dr then to comment on the overall picture.

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