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when platelet count stays slightly low?

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Dr. James Gagne
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
See a specialist: A low platelet count is called "thrombocytopenia". Look it up on the internet. A good internal medicine specialist should be able to figure it out, or you may need to see a hematologist (blood specialist). Some medications can lower your platelet count, and certain illnesses can too.

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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 34 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 37-year-old member asked:

What causes a decreased platelet count?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Error,prodctn,distru: A random low platelet count is often the result of the nature of the test. Platelets are frail & may clump in the specimen before the test is run so a falsely lowered count is found.Low production during illness or bone marrow failure usually shows up in several blood cells. Increased destruction by immune factors or loss with bleeding disorders are seen. Platelets only last a few days at best.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What commonly can cause your platelet count to be elevated?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic infection or inflammation, metastatic cancer, and essential thrombocythemia, a bone marrow disorder which causes excessive production of platelets. For the correct diagnosis, you will need to see a hematologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause an elevated platelet count?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
Many things: This could be due to iron deficiency anemia, infection, other illness. There are other blood disorders as well such as essential thrombocytosis and p vera. Let your doctor find out.
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A 61-year-old male asked:

Is a platelet volume of 13.7 and platelet count of 144 serious.?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Not really.: The normal ranges for platelet volume and count are 7.5-11.5 fl (femtolitre), and 130-400 k/ul respectively. Your volume of 13.7 is higher than this range, but not much. These are typical ranges, so they can vary. Unless you have unusual symptoms, or bruising, or clotting issues, like blood taking a long time to clot, there should be no problem, and these are normal values for you.

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