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A 64-year-old male asked:

If a plt is normal but starts to fall (even getting down to 8) & this is suspected to be a drug effect (hydroxyurea) & the drug is ceased & the low plt resolves itself within 7 days then would an undetected infection stop the plt from normalising?

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Likely not: Not sure what you mean by undetected? meaning asymptomatic or not tested for? There are viruses that can cause decreased marrow production (Parvovirus) but the usually case symptoms. Low platelet counts do not necessarily predispose you to infections but the count can change, up or down, with infection.
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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May i assume that: you're referring to your platelets and that they got down to 80,000? If not, you can ignore this response! Hydroxyuria can interfere with the production of platelets and discontinuing it may allow the platelet count to return to normal. An "undetected infection" shouldn't, by itself, prevent the platelets from normalizing, especially if they've already done so. Dr. Anne

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