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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
See below: 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?
Several ways: Low platelets can be caused by several things. Medications, other illnesses, liver disease. Itp is an illness in which the body destroys platelets. Iron deficiency can cause a mild or moderate decrease in platelets. You should see a hematologist to determine the cause. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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