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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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Platelet Count (Definition)

Platelet count is also known as Platelets. 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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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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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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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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What would cause my 14 month old to have a high platelet count?

What would cause my 14 month old to have a high platelet count?

Inflammation...: There are many causes of higher than normal platelet count. Platelets are an "acute phase reactant", which simply means they go up in number whenever there is inflammation (like an infection [any type]). Iron deficiency can also cause this, but usually person is anemic. Whether or not it needs to get rechecked depends on how elevated the platelet count is. ...Read more

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Got routine bloodwork. Platelet count was flagged at a count of 429. Is this normal? High? Should I be concerned?

Got routine bloodwork. Platelet count was flagged at a count of 429. Is this normal? High? Should I be concerned?

Not much: It is likely that you are iron deficient. For an unknown reason iron deficiency is associated with high platelet counts. Even if your hemoglobin is normal, you may wish to take oral iron supplement available over the counter. ...Read more

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Is having thrombocytosis (high platelet count) a huge health concern?

Is having thrombocytosis (high platelet count) a huge health concern?

It can be.: Thrombocythemia (another name for an abnormally high platelet count) can predispose you to both venous and arterial blood clots. As I am sure you can imagine, blood clots in the veins or arteries can be very serious health concerns. The cause of the thrombocythemia and the level to which they are elevated are both important factors to consider in treatment. Consult with a hematologist. ...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

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What causes a high blood platelet count?

What causes a high blood platelet count?

Thrombocytosis...: ...Is the clinical term for a platelet count > 450k. This is subclassified as primary (essential) vs. Secondary: the former is due to unexplained production of platelets, the latter is most often due to chronic infections or inflammation (crohn's dz), anemia, cancer, a rxn to a medication, or following the surgical removal of the spleen. For more info check www.Thrombocytosis.Net. ...Read more

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What does having a high blood platelet count mean?

What does having a high blood platelet count mean?

Thrombocytosis...: ...Is the clinical term for a platelet count > 450k. This is subclassified as primary (essential) vs. Secondary: the former is due to unexplained production of platelets, the latter is most often due to chronic infections or inflammation (crohn's dz), anemia, cancer, a rxn to a medication, or following the surgical removal of the spleen. For more info check www.Thrombocytosis.Net. ...Read more

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