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what to do if i have a 5 month old who was hospitalized for low platelets. what could be causing this?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Many issues: Decreased platelet counts reflect one of two possibilities.They are either not being made in sufficient quantities or they are being broken down/used to excess.Bone marrow invasion by abnormal cells can cut production, auto-antibodies triggered by infection or increased destruction during blood poisoning also occurs.Many tests will sort out a cause.

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Last updated May 6, 2013

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