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Doctor insights on: Does A Low Platelet Count Mean Cancer

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could low platelet count always mean cancer?

Could low platelet count always mean cancer?

No: There are many other causes, including being one of the several percent of healthy folks who happen to fall below the reference range, which the lab keeps narrow just for this reason. ...Read more

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What does a low platelet count mean?

What does a low platelet count mean?

Error,prodctn,distru: A random low platelet count is often the result of the nature of the test. Platelets are frail & may clump in the specimen before the test is run so a falsely lowered count is found.Low production during illness or bone marrow failure usually shows up in several blood cells. Increased destruction by immune factors or loss with bleeding disorders are seen. Platelets only last a few days at best. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a low platelet count?

What exactly does it mean to have a low platelet count?

Folic acid deficient: Is one of the most common reasons; there are literally hundreds of others. You might start by taking a daily multivitamin, but i it doesn't work you have to dig deeper. ...Read more

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What does a slightly low platelet count mean?

What does a slightly low platelet count mean?

Folic acid deficient: Is one of the most common reasons; there are literally hundreds of others. You might start by taking a daily multivitamin, but i it doesn't work you have to dig deeper. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a high monocyte %, combined with a low platelet count and low neutrophil count?

Depends : How high is the monocytes count, the actual number not the percentage. Medication? Previous chemotherapy. Consider seeing a hematologist. Missing information. ...Read more

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I have low platelet count in a new born, what does that mean?

I have low platelet count in a new born, what does that mean?

Several issues: Low counts reflect either decreased production or increased destruction. Most newborn issues come from increased destruction. Some newborns have circulating immune factors from mom that may transiently destroy platelets, which improves as the baby gets older, but could need treatment. Trauma during labor/delivery can transiently make counts low. Blood poisoning can also have this as a feature. ...Read more

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I was told i had slightly low platelet count does that mean I have leukemia?

I was told i had slightly low platelet count does that mean I have leukemia?

No: Temporally, slightly low platelets, that are still more then 100, 000 usually have little significance. You can see that as a consequence of viral infection. If they remain low and are trending down think liver disease or auto-immune problems, and medications. In the absence of other abnormalities it isn't a harbinger of lymphoma. Best to to with your doc about it. Good health. ...Read more

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What could low platelet count with high mpv mean in someone with an eating disorder involving severe restricting?

What could low platelet count with high mpv mean in someone with an eating disorder involving severe restricting?

Bad things: It can mean that the body is not functioning properly, in that the bone marrow is being suppressed and the normal way in which blood cells and platelets are manufactured is being disturbed. There may be other detectable and non-detectable changes as well. It's part of malnutrition and the harm to the body. Eating disorders are deadly, with up to a 25% mortality rate in untreated cases.! ...Read more

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Low platelet count & Splenomegaly .ADP Aggr is mild impaired, Platelet Morph Aggr is OCC Enlarged suggestive of P2Y12-Inhibitor Effect What it means?

Low platelet count & Splenomegaly .ADP  Aggr is mild impaired, Platelet Morph Aggr is OCC Enlarged suggestive of P2Y12-Inhibitor Effect
What it means?

Please decipher: would you kindly focus on one aspect and avoid abbreviations so we can be able to help you better or direct you to the right speciality, thanks ...Read more

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Blood tests show high mean platelet volume, low platelet count, high urobilinogen, high WBC, high clumpy platelet morphology. Related? conerns?

Why the tests?: 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, it might have helped to have the actual values rather than high and low. Why were the tests done? It would be prudent to discuss these with the doctor who ordered the test as s/he knows more about your health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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

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Going through interferon and ribavirin trtmt for hepc, labs show very low platelet count what does that mean?

Going through interferon and ribavirin trtmt for hepc, labs show very low platelet count what does that mean?

Known side effect: Bone marrow suppression is a known side effect of your treatment. Low platelet counts are usually not problematic unless the count falls below 40, and in some patients a count as low as 10 may not cause problems. Blood counts are usually monitored during treatment and you should discuss your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have low platelet count, high monocyte level, low creatinine, low albumin, high AST and high ALT levels?

You need doctor to g: Your doctor needs to guide you further as you have too many things wrong with your tests. Are you under the care of a good doctor? If you do not have a good doctor, see a hematologist who is blood specialist, because low platelets are often caused by some serious disorders. ...Read more

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Is a low platelet count dangerous?

It depends: Very low platelet levels risk bleeding. The underlying illness may also be serious. HIV, lupus, hypersplenism from any cause, liver failure -- your first task is to find "why". Are there antibodies coating your platelets? A minimal reduction (say, 100,000) usually means nothing; there's normal human variability. But do get it figured uot. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a low platelet count?

Can be serious: It all depends on your other medical conditions and how low the platelet count is. A rough normal range (depending on your lab) is 150-350 for adults. If just under 100, it may not be of serious concern except to watch. If under 50, it gets more concerning and once it reaches below 20 and especially under 10, spontaneous brain bleeds are possible. Also rapid rate of decline is very concerning. ...Read more

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Is a low platelet count of 130 l dangerous?

No: But you should have your platelet count followed by a md. 130000 is low normal in most laboratories. ...Read more

Dr. Aasim Sehbai
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Platelet Count (Definition)

Less than 140 thousand, is low clinical concerns until it falls below 50 thousand include high risk of bleeding. Plt count over 440 thousand is high and can be associated with increased risk of both clotting and bleeding when it ...Read more