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A 52-year-old male asked:

why would platelet levels fluctuate so much and can this be normal? 2/17 - 304, 5/18 - 360, 7/2019 - 321, 4/20 - 419, 6/20 - 384, 7/20 - 349, 8/20 - 453 (3 points out of range). all other bloodwork normal ranges. is this concerning on it's own?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Why the tests?: 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. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, it can be concerning depending on other health issues. Wish you good health!

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