Doctor insights on:
Causes Of Low Platlet Count
DDx: There are many potential causes of low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). In general platelet production can be low from various bone marrow disorders including cancer and other problems. If the bone marrow is producing platelets they can be destroyed in the body such as immune thrombocytopenic purpura (itp) or sequestered in the spleen if the spleen is enlarged (eg alcohol related splenomegaly). ...Read more
Many possibilities: The most common cause of low platelets in children is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a self-limiting condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against its own platelets (can happen after viral infections). Sometimes this needs treatment, other times it will resolve on its own. If the low platelets are a chronic condition, there are many rare possibilities. A hematologist can help. ...Read more
Good morning my platelet count has been low for many years always between 70/80. the latest test show my count has dropped to 47. What is the cause?
Need more info:
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, your platelet count is not just low, it is dropping and warrants an evaluation by a hematologist. It is not amenable to a HealthTap consult.
Wish you good health! ...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
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
Petechiae: Punctate cutaneous red marks, characterize very low platelets...75k is low, I've seen it a lot, and cannot recall ever seeing petechiae at that level (not low enough). Splinter hemorrhage is a sine of bacterial endocarditis...A lesson from physical diagnosis, but I have also never seen in a 35 year career. ...Read more
32 y.O. Female, over the last 5 yrs my platelet count have gotten low. I take iron daily but if I don't they will get low quick. What can cause this?
Bleeding: Platelets are the scaffoding for clot formation and subsequent tissue remodeling. Platelets aggregate at the bleeding site to prevent further blood loss. Abnormal platelet aggregation/destruction, insufficient production, and certain medication can also decrease platelet count. ...Read more
Low platelet: Yes. 1/3 iron def cause low platelet. 1/3 cause high platelet. Nobody knows why. ...Read more
Can the drug Dutasteride cause low platelet count in 58 years old male? He is using it daily for 2.5 years
Many possibilities: Causes are: 1) errors in collection/ handling of blood specimen 2) drugs /medicines including some over the counter 3) immune reactions to infections- viral / bacterial or to autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, etc 4) advanced liver disease from hep c or others 5) bone marrow damage from invading cancer, marrow fibrosis, leukemia 6) disseminated clotting from various causes 7) other things. ...Read more
That is just: Barely low. Long list of possibilities, but at this level no need for "treatment". ...Read more
My platelet count is normal, MPV is low. On January 10 my basophil was 1.9; on January 13 basophil was 3.9. What causes this?
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, your blood counts are not a cause for concern.
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.
Get HPV vaccine. ...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, liver disease can cause both of these as can many other conditions. It would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more
Many causes: The most common will be infectious or autoimmune. Other less common causes including bone marrow diseases. If very low counts, safer to ask your pediatrician for referral to a hematologist. ...Read more
I have sometime low platelet count sometimes normal platelet count also sometimes lymphocytes r increased sometimes normal what can be cause?
Hard to say...: Without some numbers and percentages.Get a more detailed answer ›
My son is having a bone marrow test to find the cause of a low platelet count for 7 months. How do they collect the bone marrow?
Several choices: The skin over the testing area is injected with numbing medicine after it is cleaned and sanitized. The infant is usually provided with a form of conscious sedation to decrease their reaction to the event. A thick short needle with an angled bevel is inserted in either the tibia below the knee or the pelvis until the doc feels it enter the bone. The bone marrow is withdrawn into a syringe. ...Read more
Many things...: Depending on additional details in this case, the causes for fever and low platelets are many. Some examples include severe sepsis, tick-borne infections, adverse drug reaction, and others. You should ask your doctor this question since more info is needed to give you a more specific answer. ...Read more
Pre-op blood work mean platelet 10.8 high platelet count 150, 000 low WBC 12, 600 high Causes of concern? All related?
You are mixed up!: Your platelet count is perfectly normal (Normal level ranges from 150, 000 to 300, 000. WBC count should be under 10, 000...so your WBC count is a bit high. Check and let us know about your Hemoglobin (Hb) level? If it is <12 Gms, then you have a problem which will require you to go see your PCP to find out the cause of your low Hb and high WBC count. ...Read more
I have a platelet count of 583, WBC is 3.9, RBC 4.54, hgb 10.7. My iron is 24. Can the low iron cause my platelets to be that high?
Hospitalized 4 dehydration. Bld work showed low platelet count of 128. Bld work 3 mnths ago ok. Switched to 40mg Prozac (fluoxetine) from 40mg zlft on 6/10. Cause?
Not the meds: Neither Zoloft (sertraline) or Prozac cause low platelet counts. In fact, a platelet count of 128 is not especially low and is not low enough to be concerned about an illness. The most common cause of a slightly low platelet count is an inaccurate count due to clumping of those cells, especially if you were dehydrated at the time. A simple repeat will be reassuring. ...Read more
How does HIV/AIDS cause petechiae? Is it due to low platelet count or some other mechanism? I have normal platelets but worried HIV could be the cause
Here's what to do: Get yourself one of these modern tests for HIV that's sensitive after the first month. You're not going to have any peace otherwise. Then live and love safetly. HIV may cause thrombocytopenia but seldom petechiae until you're very sick. Little vessels can rupture from exercising, rough-housing, or popular practices involving negative intraoral pressure. Conjunctival petechiae -- think endocarditis ...Read more
Hello, my son is 2 yr old, has a high level of LDH 355...low platelet count 190 low hemoglobin 10.8 and WBC 3.9 What could cause this? ??
Need more info: 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, all blood cells are low and this suggests bone marrow issue. It is prudent that you discuss the matter with your son's doctor. The issue is not suitable for this forum. ...Read more