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What causes a high platelet count?

What causes a high platelet count?

High platelet count: There are many causes for a high platelet count. Many times it is reactive--in response to another medical issue like an infection or having no spleen but there are many other causes. It can also be a problem with the bone marrow function. The cause should be evaluated by a physician. ...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


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What does a high platelet count mean?

What does a high platelet count mean?

Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other types of surgery, in association with cancer, and as a result of a group of bone marrow disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms. It is very important that a high platelet count be evaluated promptly by a hematologist. ...Read more

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Why might someone have a high platelet count?

High platelet count: There are many causes for a high platelet count. Many times it is reactive--in response to another medical issue like an infection or having no spleen but there are many other causes. It can also be a problem with the bone marrow function. The cause should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is a chronically high platelet count dangerous?

Is a chronically high platelet count dangerous?

Possibly: Essential thrombocytosis (high platelet count) is associated with increase risk of excessive clotting. The problem is worse if you become dehydrated. I had a patient who actually had a stroke attributed to essential thrombocytosis at age 41. Check in with your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does high platelet count mean?

Need more info: It would be helpful to know the results of complete blood count. High platelet count is often a side effect of iron deficiency. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytosis/basics/definition/con-20032674. ...Read more

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I have had a high platelet count the past two months. What are causes of this?

I have had a high platelet count the past two months. What are causes of this?

Primary or reactive: this elevation could be primary or autonomous hematologic disease i.e., part of myeloproliferative disorder ,or reactive secondary to inflammation ,infection ...Read more

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Does anyone have high platelet count that is not correlated with bad diseases?

Yes: Could be related to lots of other conditions , like low iron ; recent trauma or surgery ; chronnic platlets , myeloproliferative disease , but if plts greater than 650 k - then should go to see a blood specialist. ...Read more

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Low haemoglobin with high platelet count?

How high?: And how low? Iron deficiency anemia can be associated with an elevation in platelets. Many other possibilities. Need the clinical context. ...Read more

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Do ALL patients have high platelet count or low??

Why do you ask?: The vast majority of people have each particular lab value in range. A few percent of healthies fall outside at either end. Values far outside are the most suggestive of disease. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have a high platelet count?

General idea: I need more info to help you with your question. In general, high platelet count can be a reactive process, such as to infection, inflammation, or even iron def, smoking, etc. Occasionally, bone marrow disorder may be the cause for persistent elevation of platelet count as well such as essential thrombocythemia. ...Read more