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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Blood Platelets Very Low (Overview)

A very low platelet count is a result below 20,000. Platelets are small cells that are in the blood. Platelets help prevent or stop bleeding. A person with less than 20,000 can start bleeding for no apparent reason (spontaneous bleeding)


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I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

I had blood work done red blood cells white blood cells and platelets were all low also hemocrit among others does this indicate leukemia?

Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somewhat out of range are less worrisome. I'm betting we find something treatable. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Blood Platelets Very Low (Overview)

A very low platelet count is a result below 20,000. Platelets are small cells that are in the blood. Platelets help prevent or stop bleeding. A person with less than 20,000 can start bleeding for no apparent reason (spontaneous bleeding)


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What would cause low blood platelets?

What would cause low blood platelets?

Thrombocytopenia: Is the fancy term for low platelet count. Like anemia and low WBC count, one must know the reason for the low platelet count to make a treatment plan. Immune destruction, medication, infection, splenic enlargement and many other processes can lead to low platelets. ...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
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What causes low platelet blood count?

What causes low platelet blood count?

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

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What could cause a low blood and platelet count?

What could cause a low blood and platelet count?

How low: Low blood counts (white blood cells or red blood cells?) and low platelet counts can be a sign of a bone marrow problem, bleeding problem, serious infection, an inflammatory condition or some types of cancer. This is something that needs to be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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See your doctor to evaluate cause
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Have meds adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What is the definition or description of: blood platelets low?

What is the definition or description of: blood platelets low?

A platelet count : Less than 140 thousand, although rarely any clinical concerns until it falls below 50 thousand. ...Read more

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What could having a low platelet level in the blood problem mean?

What could having a low platelet level in the blood problem mean?

Low Platelet count: Thrombocytopenia can result from enlarged spleen, bone marrow disease, heavy alcohol consumption, chemotherapy, autoimmune diseases, bacteremia, pregnancy (mild), purpuras, or medications such as heparin, sulfa, quinine, anticonvulsants, interferon, & gold salts. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have morning testosterone checked
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Discuss the risk and benefits of testosterone replacement with doc
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Take testosterone replacement as instructed
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What should I do if I have a low white cell and platelet count in my blood.?

What should I do if I have a low white cell and platelet count in my blood.?

How low?: Small deviations from the reference range in your total white count and platelet count usually mean nothing. Especially, the WBC varies chaotically from day to day. Reference ranges are set up so that several percent of healthy folks will be below it. If you're way-low, your physician knows what to do -- it may be as simple as repeating the labs while you're off medications, or more elaborate. ...Read more