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Low Platelets (Overview)

In the blood. They "bud" ie break off from cells in the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. A normal platelet count is 140-400. Platelets are the first line of defense in blood vessel bleeding. They "plug holes" until the coagulation proteins can begin to lay down clot.


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What does low platelets mean?

What does low platelets mean?

Many things: Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process
platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count. This due to edta in the blood tube.
Review of smear would clarify or could consider drawing blood in a citrated blue top tube instead of the standard purple.
Drugs i.E chemotherapy and antibiotics as well as anticonvulsant and other drugs can lower the platelet count. ...Read more

Low Platelets (Overview)

In the blood. They "bud" ie break off from cells in the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. A normal platelet count is 140-400. Platelets are the first line of defense in blood vessel bleeding. They "plug holes" until the coagulation proteins can begin to lay down clot.


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What could cause low platelets?

What could cause low platelets?

Many things: Low platelets are caused either because the bone marrow is not making enough platelets, or they are being destroyed. This is a potentially serious problem and should be evaluated by a hematologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low platelets?

What does it mean to have low platelets?

Bleeding risk: Low platelets can cause easy bleeding, such as nosebleeds. There are several causes of low platelets, so this should be followed closely. ...Read more

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What are causes for mildly low platelets?

See below: Please consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/causes/CON-20027170

For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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If you get low platelets, how do you feel?

Symptoms: There may be no symptoms from having low platelets but it can also be associated with easy bruising or bleeding problems. The bleeding problems can range from mild to life-threatening. ...Read more

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Is it ok to work out with low platelets 5k?

Is it ok to work out with low platelets 5k?

Probably not: With platelet count less that 20k, you are at real risk of bleeding with minimal trauma, so this is probably not a good time to be in the gym. Assuming you are getting treatment, you should wait until the count comes up, but it is vital that you talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How will low platelets affect other parts of my body?

Bleeding: Low platelet counts, especially if below 10 k may be associated with bleeding in the skin, mucus membrane as well as internal organs. The cause of low platelet count also determines the pathology associated with low counts. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: low platelets?

Platets are found: In the blood. They "bud" ie break off from cells in the bone marrow called megakaryocytes. A normal platelet count is 140-400. Platelets are the first line of defense in blood vessel bleeding. They "plug holes" until the coagulation proteins can begin to lay down clot. ...Read more

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Low platelets past few years. As low as 80, 000, but mainly hovers between 100-130. When would it need to be looked further into?

Now: Not urgently, but I would recommend seeing a specialist for any of my patients. We Immunologists think of drug reactions, issues related to enlargement of the spleen or maybe the production of antibodies (autoimmune) against platelets. Potential causes are many and it worth a work-up ...Read more

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Can gout cause low platelets?

Can gout cause low platelets?

Thrombocytopenia: Acute gout, a very inflammatory condition, is usually assoc. With high platelets, also called thrombocytosis. If a patient with Gout is on treatment called allopurinol to reduce uric acid, than a side effect of this medicine is low platelets. But this is rare; would advise a thorough review of all medications and interactions to be sure that there is no unwanted side effects from medications ...Read more

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Can you fly with low platelets 5k?

Can you fly with low platelets 5k?

Type?: That's a pretty low platelet count, you would want to check with your doctor prior to flying, one risk would be the lack of ready availability of medical care. Another would be possible effects of turbulence causing some trauma. Usually flying is pretty safe though compared to the alternatives. Short haul safer than long haul. Best to get platelet count higher first. See: http://goo. Gl/mco9s. ...Read more

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Can low platelets cause fevers of 99-100?

No: There is no relationship between your platelet count and body temperature. You could have something else going on, such as a viral illness, that hs caused suppression of your platelet production and can also cause low grade fever. But the low count itself does not cause fever. ...Read more

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Does having low platelets make you tired?

Thrombocytopenia: No. Low platelets do not cause fatigue but this could be associated with anemia or other blood related issues that could. You should seek medical advice from your internist. ...Read more

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Thrombocytopenia (Definition)

Deficiency of platelets in the blood. This causes bleeding into the tissues, bruising, and slow ...Read more