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Platelet Distribution Width
My platelet distribution width is 15.9% and my red cell distribution width is 15.2 fl. They are high? Is this a problem?
My platelets distribution width was 13.3fl on 18th June and yeterday dropped to 10.5. MCH was 25.6pg & now 26.3pg. MCV was 79fl & now 80.3. Worry?
No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the changes you described are not a cause for concern. ...Read more
My platelet distribution width is 16.4 is this dangerous and how can I help to correct it my vit B12 is also 671 is there a connection between the two?
Stop worrying: Platelet distribution width is of no concern at all if you are otherwise healthy. If this B12 is in picograms/ml then this is likely within the reference range; it's worrisome only if it's low and a high value in someone who's otherwise healthy isn't anything to worry about. Ranges are actually set so that several percent of normal folks fall outside. ...Read more
Can you tell me in a recent blood test my platelet distribution width is at a low level of 6.45. What are its implications?
In a recent blood test my platelet distribution width is at a high of 41.7. What are its implications? Is this immidiate threat to my health?
It means nothing: This varies tremendously from person to person for no reason whatever. Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside on either end. It's of considerable interest if you have certain other blood problems, and I'll assume you don't. Be thankful for good health. ...Read more
Hi I have had some blood tests — suspected RA, my rheumatoid factor is 241!
Anti-nuclear factor positive, serum c is 8mg/l and sedrate 15mm/h and platelet distribution width 15.3%, rest was ok?
Rheumatologist: If you have not been evaluated by a rheumatologist, I recommend that you do so in view of the high RA factor and positive ANA and slightly elevated sed rate. These tests are at times nonspecific and your clinical findings have to be taken into consideration for diagnostic purposes. ...Read more
During regular blood checkup for my wife high platelet count was observed what does mean? The following are the results (i) PLATELET COUNT 410 X 10³ /? L (ii) PLATELETCRIT(PCT) 0.42 Range : % 0.19 – 0.39 (iii) RED CELL DISTRIBUTION WIDTH — SD(RDW-SD) 5
Normal ranges: Each lab must establish their own normal range for the tests they offer, so there can be some variation between labs. In general, platelets run between 150k-450k/ml These ranges cover 95% of the normal people they test, so 5% of normal people will have values outside the range. The closer a person's values are to the range=more likely normal. Wife's values likely normal for her. ...Read more
Labs: Need more information for this. What is the question? ...Read more
I did CBC : results are : neutrophils 35%, lymphocyte 55.9%, Platelet distribution index 1.75 ... i just need your conclusion and what do you think?
I, ITP (4,000/cumm)patient last 20 y.
My 18-month son have
platelet 4.2 L/c
Platelet diffe width 23.9
symton blod diease?
Hematologist please: Kindly take your son to a pediatric hematologist or to a hematologist ASAP. ...Read more
Depends: To increase platelet counts, you need to know what is making them low. Platelet transfusions can be given in certain situations. Treatments like ivig or steroids can help in some situations. Splenectomy will help in some situations. There are not any particular foods or vitamins that will raise platelet counts. ...Read more
No one knows why: Itp, idiopathic thrombocytopenia is caused by production of antibodies against platelets. "Idiopathic" means we have no idea why or what the cause is. In other words we know nothing about why. Now we know that most itp is caused by antibodies to platelets and is autoimmune. It is no longer really idiopathic but still retains the name. Why do people get autoimmune disease, also not known. ...Read more
Low platelets : You would visit a hematologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Thrombocytopenia: DittoGet a more detailed answer ›
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All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, high platelet count is an often an indication of iron deficiency. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test.
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See details: Sometimes there is no definite cause and this is known as essential thrombocytosis. Causes including acute bleeding, allergic reactions, cancer, chronic kidney failure, exercise, infections, removal of your spleen, inflammation such as from rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, trauma and certain medications. ...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
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
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
No need to divide: The nucleus is present in cells that divide or continue to transcribe new genes into RNA and ultimately translate them to protein. Platelets are shed from larger cells called megakaryocytes, and have all the proteins and chemicals they need for their entire life, so no need for a nucleus. ...Read more
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