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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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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?

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?

Several ways: Low platelets can be caused by several things. Medications, other illnesses, liver disease. Itp is an illness in which the body destroys platelets. Iron deficiency can cause a mild or moderate decrease in platelets. You should see a hematologist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Is a platelet count of 451 too high?

Is a platelet count of 451 too high?

Higher than normal: Your count is higher than normal. Iron deficiency often is associated with high platelet counts. What are the results of rest of blood count test? ...Read more

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Is a platelet count of 430 too high?

Not too high: But high, if you mean 430 k, upper limit for normal is up to 400 k in some labs, goes up and down for multitude of reasons, this is fine don't worry ...Read more

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What causes a decreased platelet count?

What causes a decreased platelet count?

Several categories: 1. A false count due to platelet clumping
2. Destruction of platelets
3. Your body not making enough platelets

#1 can be ruled out by having someone look at your blood smear. #2 can be caused by your immune system, medications, or an enlarged spleen. #3 can be from a problem with your bone marrow (leukemia, lymphoma, fibrosis), a nutritional deficiency, drug, or toxin. Lots of causes! See a doc ...Read more

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Platelet count is 450. Should i be worried?

Not necessarily: If elevated persistently on repeat testing, then it should be checked out. Elevated platelets happen for several reasons. They are an acute phase reactant so if you are sick or recently had surgery, they can be high. Essential or primary thrombocytosis is a bone marrow disorder that causes you to make too many platelets. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a platelet count of 544 is this normal?

I have a platelet count of 544 is this normal?

Most labs no.: it is a bit elevated. Stimulants to platelet growth are chronic inflammation/infection and just blood growth hormones (polycythemia vera, which is less common than the other causes mentioned). Mild diseases like viral infections are not a common cause and mostly there is an underlying disease that needs some attention. ...Read more

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My platelet count was 459. Should i be worried?

Watch it: If you're iron deficient, get treated. Otherwise, simply keep an eye on the platelets. If they go higher, your physician may want to work you up -- or a simple test for JAK2 mutation might be ordered now at his/ her discretion if you're worried. ...Read more

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Low platelet count dangerous?

Depends: Depends on how low of your platelet. nl 150 -450,000. If ...Read more

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What causes a low platelet count?

Thrombocytopenia: Low platelets (thrombocytopenia) can be caused by many conditions, both benign and malignant. Some people are born with it. Other times it's due to a lab error known as "platelet clumping". Many medications can cause it. There are also a host of serious hematological problems which cause low platelets, such as itp and leukemia. It's very important that low platelets be evaluated by a hematologist. ...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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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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Can you live with a low platelet count?

YES: Many people do and live quite normally. Just make sure you have periodic surveillance and report any abnormal bleeding / bruising without delay. Critically low platelet count can result in severe and potentially life threatening bleeding complication. ...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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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

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What does a low platelet count be caused by?

See below: Low platelet count, thrombocytopenia, may be due to low production, as in bone marrow failure, excessive alcohol intake; increased destruction as in idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or drug related platelet destruction. Enlarge spleen form any cause may lower platelet count. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/thrombocytopenia/basics/definition/con-20027170. ...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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Chronic low platelet count. What could it be?

?ITP: It could be idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpure (ITP},but if you taking any medication it could be secondary side effect of medication , so you should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Could my low platelet count be due to my diet?

Could my low platelet count be due to my diet?

Probaby not: A low platelet count can be caused by a wide variety of problems - but nutritional deficiency is not a significant cause. ...Read more

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How is my body affected by a low platelet count?

Typically: Bruising easily, a pinpoint (petechial) rash can occur, and depending on severity - you can develop spontaneous bleeding. ...Read more

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What could cause a low blood and platelet count?

What could cause a low blood and platelet count?

How low: Low blood counts (white blood cells or red blood cells?) and low platelet counts can be a sign of a bone marrow problem, bleeding problem, serious infection, an inflammatory condition or some types of cancer. This is something that needs to be evaluated by a hematologist. ...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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What is a normal platelet count for a 5-year-old?

Platelet counts: Normal platelet counts range from 150-about 400-450 depending on the lab performing the test. if you have further concerns about abnormal levels, please request virtual consult to discuss labs and diagnoses. ...Read more

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What foods can increase platelet count in my blood?

What foods can increase platelet count in my blood?

None of them: The idea that food choices are the key to health or a specific treatment for any really serious disease (very few exceptions) is simply misinformation. If you're thrombocytopenic, the cause needs to be found and you need to learn as much about your illness as possible. This is serious business. If you've not been checked for lupus, this might be a good time. ...Read more

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Can you fly with a platelet count of 20, 000 or less?

Can you fly with a platelet count of 20, 000 or less?

Maybe...: The pressurized cabin and low humidity are a set up for nose bleeds. I tell my patients closer to 40. It is not pleasant to bleed in an airplane. It obviously depends on the urgency of the travel. ...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