A member asked:

What pathology results, observations and symptoms help to differentiate between immune thrombocytopenia and a low plt caused by an infection?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Charles Gordon answered

Specializes in Adolescent Medicine

Thrombopenia causes.: Thrombopenia is medicalese meaning that the number of the platelets in your blood are fewer than normal, usually less than 150K/ml. There are multiple reasons. If you have infection there are frequently elevated white blood cell count. If you have immunological cause (ITP) there are other tests and treatments. Speak to your doc and a hematologist.

Answered 8/21/2016


Dr. Soroosh Armandi answered

Specializes in Anti-Aging Medicine

Antibodies: ITP can be tested by having an antibody positivity. Whereas low plts due to other causes is usually caused by the antibiotic. Cessation of antibiotics will increase platelets. I'm presuming you were placed on antibiotics for infection.

Answered 1/5/2019



Related Questions

Online Primary Care Doctors Accepting New Patients

$44 video appointments available today with a membership as low as $15/month

Book a Video Appointment
Ask your question
Didn't find what you're looking for?

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more.

Ask your question