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A 76-year-old male asked:

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

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Dr. Charles Gordon
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.
Dr. Soroosh Armandi
Anti-Aging Medicine 17 years experience
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.

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