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Low Platelets (Overview)

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.


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What does low platelets mean?

What does low platelets mean?

Many things: 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

Low Platelets (Overview)

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.


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What could cause low platelets?

What could cause low platelets?

Many things: Low platelets are caused either because the bone marrow is not making enough platelets, or they are being destroyed. This is a potentially serious problem and should be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What does it mean to have low platelets?

What does it mean to have low platelets?

Bleeding risk: Low platelets can cause easy bleeding, such as nosebleeds. There are several causes of low platelets, so this should be followed closely. ...Read more

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What are causes for mildly low platelets?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/causes/CON-20027170

For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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If you get low platelets, how do you feel?

Symptoms: There may be no symptoms from having low platelets but it can also be associated with easy bruising or bleeding problems. The bleeding problems can range from mild to life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is it ok to work out with low platelets 5k?

Is it ok to work out with low platelets 5k?

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

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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How will low platelets affect other parts of my body?

Bleeding: Low platelet counts, especially if below 10 k may be associated with bleeding in the skin, mucus membrane as well as internal organs. The cause of low platelet count also determines the pathology associated with low counts. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low platelets?

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

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
daily
Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
daily
Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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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

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Can gout cause low platelets?

Can gout cause low platelets?

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

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Can you fly with low platelets 5k?

Can you fly with low platelets 5k?

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

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Can low platelets cause fevers of 99-100?

No: There is no relationship between your platelet count and body temperature. You could have something else going on, such as a viral illness, that hs caused suppression of your platelet production and can also cause low grade fever. But the low count itself does not cause fever. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Does having low platelets make you tired?

Thrombocytopenia: No. Low platelets do not cause fatigue but this could be associated with anemia or other blood related issues that could. You should seek medical advice from your internist. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What kind of headaches are a result of low platelets?

Depends! . See below: Low platelets by itself does not usually cause headaches. Headaches could be part of a rare condition with low platelets called ttp that is a medical emergency. Headaches could also occur it platelets are very low and if there is bleeding in the brain, again a medical emergency. Headaches may occur as part of an illness that could also cause low platelets. ...Read more

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Is it possible for low platelets to be the start of leukemia?

Is it possible for low platelets to be the start of leukemia?

Low Platelet Count: Leukemia can cause low platelets. But there are MUCH more common causes of low platelets, such as: lab error (PLT clumping), pregnancy, liver disease, autoimmune ITP, inherited syndromes, infections (especially viral), medications, OTC nutritional supplements, tonic water (quinine), alcohol, and other causes. Leukemia often shows abnormal WBC count and anemia. Doc visit is needed to pinpoint cause ...Read more

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Please explain meaning of low platelets. What exactly is happening with platelet production when low?

Thrombocytopenia: Or "low platelets" has many different causes. Discovering the cause can be a tricky proposition and requires interpreration of other blood tests. If platelet production is low, this can signify a problem with your bone marrow or decreased secondary to a medication or vitamin deficiency. Alternatively, low platelets may be secondary to destruction and or laboratory error. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How can low platelets affect the mind?

How can low platelets affect the mind?

Not usually: Low platelets by themselves do not affect the mind, except by worry. There are some unusual diseases such as ttp that affect the brain, kidney and platelets. On their own they rarely impact on thinking or memory. ...Read more

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Newborn with low platelets, what is diagnosis?

Newborn with low platelets, what is diagnosis?

Thrombocytopenia: The name of the condition is thrombocytopenia. If real (test can be a false positive) the condition usually arises when the mom develops anti platelet antibodies that have crossed into baby & destroy its platelets. The condition can be major requiring rx or minor & will generally fade over time as the antibodies decline. Low platelets can also be a sign of infection in baby. ...Read more

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How effective is using oprelvekin for low platelets?

How effective is using oprelvekin for low platelets?

Better than placebo: The study for which oprevelkin was approved by the fda looked at how good the drug was at preventing need for platelet transfusions following chemotherapy for solid cancers. It was effective 28-65% of the time vs placebo (7-41%). Because of its mediocre effectivity and a high list of side effects (swelling, irregular heart beat), it is not widely used compared to just giving platelet transfusions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about any genetic conditions which causes low platelets?

Can you tell me about any genetic conditions which causes low platelets?

Low platelets: Low platelet counts are usually not representative of any specific genetic condition, but reflect chronic illness, liver disease, or bone marrow dysfunction. There are some autoimmune diseases such as ITP [idiopathic thrombocytopenia] which occur in people with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc, which have a genetic component. I would consult a genetic counselor for more information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about any genetic conditions which causes low platelets?

Can you tell me more about any genetic conditions which causes low platelets?

Genetic low platelet: Rare. I see none.
X-linked thrombocytopenia, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, TTP (familial form), Dyserythropoietic anemia and thrombocytopenia, Thrombocytopenia-absent radium syndrome, Bernard-Soulier syndrome, MYH9-related thrombocytopenia, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Thrombocytopenia (Definition)

Deficiency of platelets in the blood. This causes bleeding into the tissues, bruising, and slow ...Read more