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Low Platelet Female
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?
Routine blood work on 76yo female with Neuropathy had her Drs. Office call because her platelets were low. 110 anything to be alarmed about?
I am a 50 years old female just diagnosed wit vey low platelet 4000 the doctor prescribe prednisone to her is that a good option?
Thrombocytopenia or low platelets have a variety of causes. It may be immune mediated or Idiopathic which means we don't know the cause. (ITP). It can be transient, acute or chronic or recurrent. It may be associated with hematologic malignancies as well and a bone marrow biopsy may be need.
Prednisone is often the first line treatment and plasmapharesis, vincristine and gmcsf are sometimes used. ...Read more
4 year old female always had low Vitamin B12 had high infection 4 weeks ago now has platelet count well above average white blood cell count increased?
Check again: Often blood cell abnormalities come and go for a variety of reasons. I would recommend you see your pediatrician or family doctor and have your child thoroughly examined. A normal exam will be very reassuring. I would also repeat the blood tests in a week or two and compare. I would also talk to the doctor about diet and vitamins for the B12 deficiency. ...Read more
What treatment to have for HCV 63yrs old female with mildly cirrhotic liver+spleenomegaly+low platlet count90, 000+hg10.3gm%?
Get to a doctor!: You need treatment which needs to be individualized. ...Read more
Complicated.: This is a great question. The major worry of platelets being too lowis unexplained bleeding into the head, which can be very serious. This risk is present at different levels for different patients. It depends on quite a bit of variables: age, recent injury, other illnesses, current bleeding, chance of platelet recovery, etc. Clearly if there is troublesome bleeding, they are too low. ...Read more
Bleeding: Platelets help our bodies clot. SO, when platelets are too low (how low is "too low" is very situation and individual dependent!) we will bleed. Often bleeding from low platelets takes the form of bleeding in the mouth and gums. Sometimes a dotted pattern, almost like a rash, called petechiae, can appear on the calves and shins. ...Read more
Thrombocytopenia: It means you could be easily. There are different levels of low platelets. Depending on how low, your overall health, your medications, comorbid medical condition your doctor will determine the proper treatment. Normal level is >150, 000. Most people don't have problems if above 100, 000. Below 100, 000 needs more attention. ...Read more
Various: Low= error in test, increased breakdown or decreased production. Some sampling methods (fingerstick)are more prone to give inacurate results. Antibodies can form in certain conditions that destroy plts soon after they are made or they can be used up quickly in excessive clotting states. The production sites in the bone marrow can be invaded & shut down as in leukemia. ...Read more
Low platelets: You would visit a hematologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it normal for platelets to go lower occasionally? In the last 6 months its been low 3 times- 119, 134, 129 then goes back to normal range quickly
Depends: Very low platelets can increase risk of bleeding - obviously could be dangerous. Very high platelets (usually above a million) could increase risk of clots (strokes etc) & even bleeding in certain high risk pts with "myeloproliferative" disorder. The most important question is what is the cause & how high or how low. Sometimes platelets could increase because of iron deficiency or inflammation. ...Read more
Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk for bleeding. The bleeding can be nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. The most concerning bleeding would be bleeding inside the skull. This is unusual, but would likely cause a headache and nausea. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Low platelets usually do not cause tiredness unless the underlying cause of the low platelets is the cause of the tiredness. Example: if the low platelets are due to chemotherapy administration then the tiredness is due to the chemo not the low platelets. See your primary and if necessary get a referral to a hematologist for further eval of the low platelets. ...Read more
See a specialist: A low platelet count is called "thrombocytopenia". Look it up on the internet. A good internal medicine specialist should be able to figure it out, or you may need to see a hematologist (blood specialist). Some medications can lower your platelet count, and certain illnesses can too. ...Read more
Iron deficiency Anem:
You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we don't have the number is coincidental finding and do not need any therapy
check with your doctor you MCV and MCH values must be low as well
consult your doctor you may need iron therapy. ...Read more
In cml, you can have low platelet count either from supression to the bone marrow by the leukemic cells or from side effect of the treatment of cml.
Your doctor will be able to monitor your platelet count and would be able to guide you safely through the treatment. Follow up with your oncologist and discuss further with your md. ...Read more
Platelets: I don't know the lab's reference range but 475 does not appear truly extraordinary or unusually abnormal ...Read more
Anemia: If someone have low hemoglobin called anemia, and as a result high platelet count called thrombocytosis, usual cause is iron deficiency. Iron deficiency anemia can lead to a stress or reactive thrombocytosis which will get better with iron replacement. Get your iron studies and ferritin checked. Thanks. ...Read more