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Low platelets: You would visit a hematologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not necessarily: Low platelets usually do not cause tiredness unless the underlying cause of the low platelets is the cause of the tiredness. Example: if the low platelets are due to chemotherapy administration then the tiredness is due to the chemo not the low platelets. See your primary and if necessary get a referral to a hematologist for further eval of the low platelets. ...Read more
In cml, you can have low platelet count either from supression to the bone marrow by the leukemic cells or from side effect of the treatment of cml.
Your doctor will be able to monitor your platelet count and would be able to guide you safely through the treatment. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss further with your md. ...Read more
Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process
platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count. This due to edta in the blood tube.
Review of smear would clarify or could consider drawing blood in a citrated blue top tube instead of the standard purple.
Drugs i.E chemotherapy and antibiotics as well as anticonvulsant and other drugs can lower the platelet count. ...Read more
Thrombocytopenia: Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) can be caused by many conditions, both benign and malignant. Some people are born with it. Other times it's due to a lab error known as "platelet clumping". Many medications can cause it. There are also a host of serious hematological problems which cause low platelets, such as itp and leukemia. It's very important that low platelets be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
It depends: Very low platelet levels risk bleeding. The underlying illness may also be serious. HIV, lupus, hypersplenism from any cause, liver failure -- your first task is to find "why". Are there antibodies coating your platelets? A minimal reduction (say, 100, 000) usually means nothing; there's normal human variability. But do get it figured uot. ...Read more
Numerous Causes: Platelets are a blood component necessary for hemostasis (cessation of bleeding); are produced in bone marrow; activated by blood vessel damage. There are numerous causes for a low platelet count: impaired production (bone marrow, genetic disorders); increased consumption (infections), increased destruction (autoimmune diseases), & more. Evaluation by your doctor is necessary to determine the cause ...Read more
Can be serious: It all depends on your other medical conditions and how low the platelet count is. A rough normal range (depending on your lab) is 150-350 for adults. If just under 100, it may not be of serious concern except to watch. If under 50, it gets more concerning and once it reaches below 20 and especially under 10, spontaneous brain bleeds are possible. Also rapid rate of decline is very concerning. ...Read more
Please consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/causes/CON-20027170
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Probably not: With platelet count less that 20k, you are at real risk of bleeding with minimal trauma, so this is probably not a good time to be in the gym. Assuming you are getting treatment, you should wait until the count comes up, but it is vital that you talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
Low platelet count, thrombocytopenia, may be due to low production, as in bone marrow failure, excessive alcohol intake; increased destruction as in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or drug related platelet destruction. Enlarge spleen form any cause may lower platelet count. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/definition/con-20027170. ...Read more
Low platelet count: See an hematologist and voice your concerns and he will be able to track this into an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more
Platets are found: In the blood. They "bud" ie break off from cells in the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. A normal platelet count is 140-400. Platelets are the first line of defense in blood vessel bleeding. They "plug holes" until the coagulation proteins can begin to lay down clot. ...Read more
Please clarify: I am unclear as to what your question is. Please clarify. ...Read more
Yes but RARE:
The platelet count would have to be so low that you spontaneously started to bleed and did nothing about it. The pLT count can go quite low without consequence although it must be followed by a hematologist.
If it gets to low a platelet transfusion is performed and the number rises significantly ...Read more
Food Matters: I would find out why they are low: do you have an immune condition? A blood problem? Make sure your B12 level is adequate; that you are not taking supplements or drugs that lower platelet count; and that you know the reason: once that illness or condition has improved the platelet count may come up along with it ...Read more
See below: 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. Having said that, it would have helped to have the actual values of the lab results. It is not clear what you mean by high kidney function levels. Kidney function tests are either normal or abnormal, these are never higher than normal. ...Read more
Low platelets past few years. As low as 80, 000, but mainly hovers between 100-130. When would it need to be looked further into?
Now: Not urgently, but I would recommend seeing a specialist for any of my patients. We Immunologists think of drug reactions, issues related to enlargement of the spleen or maybe the production of antibodies (autoimmune) against platelets. Potential causes are many and it worth a work-up ...Read more
Thrombocytopenia: Acute gout, a very inflammatory condition, is usually assoc. With high platelets, also called thrombocytosis. If a patient with Gout is on treatment called allopurinol to reduce uric acid, than a side effect of this medicine is low platelets. But this is rare; would advise a thorough review of all medications and interactions to be sure that there is no unwanted side effects from medications ...Read more
Type?: That's a pretty low platelet count, you would want to check with your doctor prior to flying, one risk would be the lack of ready availability of medical care. Another would be possible effects of turbulence causing some trauma. Usually flying is pretty safe though compared to the alternatives. Short haul safer than long haul. Best to get platelet count higher first. See: http://goo. Gl/mco9s. ...Read more