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Livermore, CA
A 29-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when your platelet levels are too low?

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Dr. Curtis Simmons
Family Medicine 29 years experience
At risk for bleeding: Platelets are the cells in your blood line to help your blood to clot. When they are low, you may bruise easy and it may take longer for bleeding to stop. You need to follow up with your doctor to evaluate for a cause of your low platelets.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when a child's platelets are low?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Various: Low= error in test, increased breakdown or decreased production.Some sampling methods (fingerstick)are more prone to give inacurate results.Antibodies can form in certain conditions that destroy plts soon after they are made or they can be used up quickly in excessive clotting states. The production sites in the bone marrow can be invaded & shut down as in leukemia.
Manchester, TN
A 40-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when your platelets are low?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
Thrombocytopenia: It means you could be easily. There are different levels of low platelets. Depending on how low, your overall health, your medications, comorbid medical condition your doctor will determine the proper treatment. Normal level is >150, 000. Most people don't have problems if above 100, 000. Below 100, 000 needs more attention.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
"it means you could [bleed] easily"
Feb 18, 2012
Hayward, CA
A female asked:

What does a platelet level of 494 mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your count is higher than normal. A common cause of high platelet count is iron deficiency. Your doctor who ordered the test should have more information and should be able provide an opinion if further investigation is warranted.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if my platelet level is high?

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Dr. Jan Rydfors
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Usually Not Serious: Platelets are made in your bone marrow. A platelet is a blood component and helps your blood to clot. If your platelet count is over 500 000, it is felt to be high. In most cases it is due to a recent infection, blood loss, or surgery and is temporary. Women who have had their spleen taken out will often have high platelets. Only in rare cases is it due to a bone marrow tumor.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What do low blood platelets mean?

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Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk for bleeding. The bleeding can be nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. The most concerning bleeding would be bleeding inside the skull. This is unusual, but would likely cause a headache and nausea.

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