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Do corticosteroids help thrombocytopenia?

Do corticosteroids help thrombocytopenia?

Sometimes: Corticosteroids are used as a treatment for this condition when the cause is immune destruction of platelets such as itp or drug-induced low platelets. In other cases steroids may be of not much help. ...Read more

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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


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Is thrombocytopenia curable?

Depends on cause: Easily treatable causes of thrombocytopenia include drugs and infections. Thrombocytopenia due to bone marrow problems (cancer, myelodysplastic syyndrome, etc.) and autoimmune problems are harder to treat. ...Read more

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Can thrombocytopenia be induced by chemotherapy?

Yep: All blood cell lines (including platelets) can be affected by chemotherapy, some chemos more than others. Your doctor will check your CBC regularly for this. If you notice undue bleeding, though, make sure to let him/her know. ...Read more

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Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia, what is this?

Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia, what is this?

Low platelets count: Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia occurs when fetal platelets contain an antigen inherited from the father that the mother lacks. The mother forms antiplatelet antibodies against the this antigen; these cross the placenta and destroy fetal platelets, resulting in fetal and neonatal thrombocytopenia. Minority of affected newborns (about 20%) experiences severe bleeding including intracranial bl ...Read more

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What does Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia mean?

What does Neonatal alloimune thrombocytopenia mean?

NAT: Neonatal (fetus or newborn under 1 month) alloimmune (immune response to foreign antigen) thrombocytopenia (low platelet count). NAT occurs when substances from mother's body pass into the baby's system, causing destruction of platelet cells. ...Read more

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Can thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of leukemia?

Can thrombocytopenia occur in all cases of leukemia?

No: While it is common to find thrombocytopenia associated with leukemia and other forms of marrow infiltration, sometimes you can actually see an elevated PLT count (thrombocytosis). CML is the classic example, but there are others. ...Read more

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Is it possible for thrombocytopenia to affect morbidity?

Is it possible for thrombocytopenia to affect morbidity?

Yes: Platelets are little plugs present in the bloodstream which control bleeding from small blood vessels. Minor decreases in platelet counts should have no effect on most people, yet moderate decreases can lead to problems following trauma or surgery; at very low levels, spontaneous bleeding may occur, which can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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How long do people with thrombocytopenia have to take anagralide?

ET: anagrelide is not indicated for thrombocytopenia. It is one of drugs used in essential thrombocythemia - i.e. having too much platelets. discuss with your hematologist in detail. anagrelide is not my first line therapy for ET. if you are on anagrelide- you may want to discuss with your MD about option of switching it when you grow older to other medication like hydroxyurea. ...Read more

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What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

Blood clotting: Thrombocytopenia means low level of blood plateletes. Prothrombin time is a test for extrinsic coagulation pathway that is initiated with factor vii. Vitamin k deficiency or use of Coumadin (warfarin) or liver function deficiency will prolong the prothrombin time, while several blood clotting diseases that affect intrinsic coagulation such as von willibrand or hemophila will not affect prothrombin time. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I can get idiopathic thrombocytopenia pupura a second time?

Chronic disorder: Itp in adults is often a chronic disorder. There may be a period of remission which makes it appear that a person is getting the disease second time, when it in fact it was never cured. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic thrombocytopenia? How do people get it, and is it self-curing?

Group of diseases: This is fairly common, caused by antibodies against, or antigen-antibody complexes adhering to, your sticky platelets. Mild or severe, the tendency to bruise and bleed prompts confirmatory lab testing. It can appear suddenly, often after a viral illness and often disappears on its own. Or it can stay on / be discovered as an chronic illness of variable severity, best managed by a hematologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I have neutropenia and thrombocytopenia and am scared to death. what is happening?

What to do if I have neutropenia and thrombocytopenia and am scared to death. what is happening?

Your right to know: You have not only a right but a duty to find out what's going on. You're not in danger from low platelets if they're above 50,000, even if you get hurt, or low neutrophils until they're below about 500. You have a responsibility to find why they're low -- often it's meds, or it may just be you. Get a full medical workup, including a HIV check and a lupus check. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can thrombocytopenia be prevented?

Depends: There are many causes of thrombocytopenia, some of which are preventable. Causes include (but not limited to) infection, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disorders, toxins, blood or clotting disorders, cancer, liver disease, and genetic diseases. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for thrombocytopenia?

What is the best treatment for thrombocytopenia?

Depends on cause: Tcp can be increased distruction in a transient post infectious event in kids, a sign of bone marrow invasion by a leukemia, increased use in an infectious process etc. Treatment requires a proper evaluation and identification of the process involved.Occasionally transfusion of pooled platelets are given & some meds may be helpful. This is a complex issue. ...Read more

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Are there effective treatments for thrombocytopenia?

Are there effective treatments for thrombocytopenia?

Depends on cause: If the cause is reversible (like a secondary immune reaction due to a medication) then stopping the med should help reverse th process. If the problem is autoimmune, other strategies such as plasmapheresis/immunisuppression might make asignificant impact. These decisions are best managed by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Please tell me precaution of thrombocytopenia patient?

Basic care: You may bruise easily and cuts may bleed longer, so avoid activities that can cause bruising (contact sports, for example) and take proper precautions with sharp objects. Make sure you let your dr./ dentist know about your low platelets, as heavy bleeding can occur after procedures. Heavy periods and nosebleeds can also occur. ...Read more