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Can Thrombocytosis Be Cured
Primary or secondary: Elevated platelets (thrombocytosis) can be primary (driven by a bone marrow disorder) or secondary (eg, reactive). Reactive/secondary is the most common, with some frequent associated conditions including iron deficiency anemia, reactive (eg, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, post surgical). Thrombocytosis that goes away is likely reactive. Primary can be evaluated for by labs & bone marrow biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can be.: Thrombocythemia (another name for an abnormally high platelet count) can predispose you to both venous and arterial blood clots. The cause of the thrombocythemia and the level to which they are elevated are both important factors to consider in treatment. Consult with a hematologist. The treatment may involve taking Aspirin or another platelet lowering drug. Ultimately, the cause it what matters. ...Read more
Not treated: Most cases are reactive and the cause has to be addressed, specifically bleeding and inflammatory conditions, infectious or not infectious, most commonly. Even essential thrombocytemia which is affecting specifically thrombocytes is not treated unless platelet count hits 1 million. ...Read more
Usually none: The high platelet count that often accompanies iron deficiency is probably harmless. Even the high platelet count in essential thrombocythemia often causes no troubles; your physicain will advise you about managing risk, and often the best treatment is "nothing". I'm glad you asked as this generates much worry. Best wishes. ...Read more
Splenectomy: One of the functions of the spleen is to help filter out impurities and worn out blood components, including red blood cells and platelets. After the removal of the spleen, since there is a decreased recycling of the body's platelets, there will normally be an increase in the number of circulating platelets, a so-called thrombocytosis. ...Read more
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