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A 44-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when your platelet count is high?

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Dr. Deborah Sculco
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Could be reactive: Many secondary cause including infection or underlying inflammatory conditions. Also bleeding, iron deficiency or people whose spleens have been removed. Sometimes, more associated with older populations conditions associated with primary bone marrow disorders called myleoproliferative disease can be associated with increase platelets.
Dr. Nasfat Shehadeh
30 years experience
Many causes: Most common one is iron deficiency, chronic inflammation could cause it as well as infection the most important one is essential thrombosis which could increase risk of blood clots and strokes.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does a high platelet count mean?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 29 years experience
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other types of surgery, in association with cancer, and as a result of a group of bone marrow disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms. It is very important that a high platelet count be evaluated promptly by a hematologist.
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What does a platelet count of 652 mean?

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen
37 years experience
Family practice : Your platelet count is a little elevated. It isn't high enough to be concerned. Check with your dr if he wants to follow levels.
Hollywood, FL
A female asked:

Is a platelet count of 430 too high?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Not too high: But high, if you mean 430 k, upper limit for normal is up to 400 k in some labs, goes up and down for multitude of reasons, this is fine don't worry
A 32-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if my platelet level is high?

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Dr. Jan Rydfors
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
Usually Not Serious: Platelets are made in your bone marrow. A platelet is a blood component and helps your blood to clot. If your platelet count is over 500 000, it is felt to be high. In most cases it is due to a recent infection, blood loss, or surgery and is temporary. Women who have had their spleen taken out will often have high platelets. Only in rare cases is it due to a bone marrow tumor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what does high platelet count mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Need more info: It would be helpful to know the results of complete blood count. High platelet count is often a side effect of iron deficiency. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytosis/basics/definition/con-20032674.

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