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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Platelet Transfusion (Overview)

Platelet transfusions are used to treat patients with severe bleeding due to decreased platelet production or abnormal platelet funcitoning.


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What could cause my aunt to be denied a platelet transfusion?

What could cause my aunt to be denied a platelet transfusion?

Diagnosis: Platelet transfusions are not recommended if counts are above 50, 000/uL unless brain or eye surgery is expected. Other contraindications include TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) HIT (heparin induced thrombocytopenia), not useful for ITP (autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura).
Indications are for dysfunctional platelets and active bleeding, and counts below 10, 000/uL. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
6 Doctors shared insights

Platelet Transfusion (Overview)

Platelet transfusions are used to treat patients with severe bleeding due to decreased platelet production or abnormal platelet funcitoning.


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AML. Platelet transfusion pltls = 48. 24hrs later plt down to 24, then 8. Another transfusion. Plts = 60. 48hrs later, plts at 30. now 21. Prognosis?

AML. Platelet transfusion pltls = 48. 24hrs later plt down to 24, then 8. Another transfusion. Plts = 60. 48hrs later, plts at 30. now 21. Prognosis?

Variable, worse >65Y: The prognosis in AML is variable/ is based on age (worse in >60 yr olds) and cytogenetic changes in the leukemic cells.
Low platelets are common and often fluctuate as observed in this case.
Find out the genetic subtype of his AML. Achievement of complete remission (CR) with the first cycle of chemo (4 weeks time) is a good sign. What date did he start his chemo? ...Read more

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My 25 years old son went on a holiday to egypt. He got a persisitent nose bleed and had to go to a hopsital. His platelet count got reduced to 12 and the doctors did a platelet transfusion. Now, he is taking cortisol. Should he bemedically evacuated to uk

My 25 years old son went on a holiday to egypt. He got a persisitent nose bleed and had to go to a hopsital. His platelet count got reduced to 12 and the doctors did a platelet transfusion. Now, he is taking cortisol. Should he bemedically evacuated to uk

Yes, absolutely: He should see a hematologist to complete work up and continue further treatment etc. Itp is one possibility- but also need to make sure one does not overlook something important. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

Beau's lines: Horizontal ridges in nails are known as Beau's lines and often indicate an interruption of the nail growth for a period of time. This growth lapse is usually due to significant illness or malnutrition but possibly could reflect severe anemia for a period of time. If health maintained the lines should grow out over time ...Read more

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25 son holiday - egypt - persistent nose bleed. Hospital; platelets 12. Platelet transfusions. Now cortisol. Medevac back to uk to see haematologist?

25 son holiday - egypt - persistent nose bleed. Hospital; platelets 12. Platelet transfusions. Now cortisol. Medevac back to uk to see haematologist?

Low platelets: Low platelets may be caused by many things, but "itp" or idiopathic thrombocytopenia is a common autoimmmune cause, in which platelet transfusions are of limited value as the platelets get "chewed up" steroids may help but may need a bone marrow test first. So if DX is in question then return to uk for more accurate DX may help, but only if he is "stable' for travel. ...Read more

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What could possibly cause purple dottie rash all over the body and extreme weight loss, depletion of platelets? Also depletion of blood causing a need for both blood and platelets transfusions and a low grade fever! Something is depleting everything my s

What could possibly cause purple dottie rash all over the body and extreme weight loss, depletion of platelets? Also depletion of blood causing a need for both blood and platelets transfusions and a low grade fever! Something is depleting everything my s

This: This sounds like thrombocytopenic purpura. It can be caused by a variety of conditions, but sometimes there is no cause identified (in which case it's called idiopathic.) if she is not being seen by a hematologist, she definitely should be. Has she been exposed to heparin? This is a common intravenous or subcutaneous medication that can cause a similar picture in patients who are sensitive to it. ...Read more

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When do you give plasma and platelets in transfusion?

When do you give plasma and platelets in transfusion?

Transfusion: Plasma transfusions are given when a patient's blood is "too thin" and doesn't clot well. Platelet transfusions are given when a patient's platelet counts are too low, a condition which also prevents effective blood clotting. ...Read more

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How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

Intravenous water: Soluble vitamins can do it. Linus pauling worked with a scottish physician and found that large doses of vitamin c helped cancer patients. I/v vit c gets higher concentrations. Trouble is that vitamin therapy has not yet become an accepted approach. ...Read more

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My Ana hep-2 test came back positive, my platelets are averaging at 52 after transfusion only went up to 66 what could be going on?

My Ana hep-2 test came back positive, my platelets are averaging at 52 after transfusion only went up to 66 what could be going on?

Low platelets: Underlying liver disease is a common cause of low platelets. Treatment will be directed to the underlying liver problem. Since the platelets will not last very long in the body we don't transfuse unless there is active bleeding or if levels are really very low. ...Read more

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What can happen if you need a blood transfusion due to low platelets during cancer and you refuse to have the transfusion?

What can happen if you need a blood transfusion due to low platelets during cancer and you refuse to have the transfusion?

Low platelet: If you have low platelet and you refused to get the recommended transfusion :
1. You are at risk to have bleeding. The lower the platelet counts, the higher your risk for bleeding. Spontaneous bleeding can happen when it's. ...Read more

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If someone has platelet count of 33000 due to dengue. Will he need blood transfusion? Do juice of papaya leaves helps?

Dengue Fever: A random controlled trial on 228 patients wi Dengue fever in Malasia demonstrated ^'ed platelet count in group that drank 50mg of Carica Papaya juice per day over those receiving standard treatment. Dengue Virus can prevent a human body from making new platelets. Platelets usually last about four days & then are replaced by the body. But wi Dengue the platelets aren't replaced & so the Platelet ...Read more

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What could be causing high platelet count of 900, anaemia after iron infusion 4 weeks ago and two blood transfusions two weeks ago.?

What could be causing high platelet count of 900, anaemia after iron infusion 4 weeks ago and two blood transfusions two weeks ago.?

Bone marrow problem: Two possibilities: 1. You have iron-deficiency (why? Are you having GI bleeding? Gastric bypass?) and your platelets are high as an inflammatory response, or 2. You have essential thrombocytosis or another bone marrow problem. Given your age, my vote is for #1. See a hematologist for more answers! ...Read more

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My dad has low risk MDS. Only anemia, but transfusion dependent of theee units every 6 wks. Platelets and WBC are ok. Blasts in B.marrow1%. Prognosis?

My dad has low risk MDS. Only anemia, but transfusion dependent of theee units every 6 wks. Platelets and WBC are ok. Blasts in B.marrow1%. Prognosis?

Unpredictable: Don't try to second-guess. It's all percentage odds. He would do well to plan a normal life expectancy, but be prepared (as any person should be) for the onset of serious illness. ...Read more

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Rbc-3.37L, hemoglobin-8.9L, hematocrit-27.8L, platelet-643H, iron-11L, iron saturation-3%L. What does it mean? Anemia? Will I need iron transfusion?

Not necessarily: Try taking an oral iron supplement with multivitamins. Take the iron pills with meals. If constipation happens to be an issue, take a fiber laxative like Metamucil. With respect to diet - 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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My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion, platelets. Cancer. How long for test see what stage?

My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion, platelets. Cancer. How long for test see what stage?

See Hepatologist: Your husband has a serious set of medical problems, end-stage liver failure from hepatitis C complicated by portal hypertension from cirrhosis and liver cancer. I suggest that he see a liver specialist, a hepatologist, to care for his condition and assess options - with a background of alcohol abuse, he might not be a liver transplant candidate but there may be other options. Do this ASAP ...Read more

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What does it mean to transfuse single donor platelets?

One donor: This is a transfusion of platelets that are obtained from a single donor who is hooked to a machine that removes their platelets. The alternative is called random donor platelets and uses many bags of platelets that are separated out when a donor donates a unit of whole blood. ...Read more

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My relative had a blood transfusion during the surgery. So could I be able to donate blood/platelets?

Already done & yes: The operative transfusion is done. Some blood centers allow patient to have volunteers donate on their behalf to reduce the bill for the blood products (kinda by replacing the stock of them). Worth asking about, but donation is always a good thing, especially in summer months as donors go on vacation and more people get active, hurt, and need blood! ...Read more

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What does clumped platelets mean?

Clumping together: Platelets are sticky cells thus they can stick and clump together. As a result of platelet clumping, platelet counts reported by automated counters may be much lower than the actual count in the blood because these devices cannot differentiate platelet clumps from individual cells. ...Read more

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How to naturally increase platelets?

Platelets: I see you are suffering from liver cirrhosis. In this case your platelets are affected. There is no natural cure for cirrhosis unfortunately and therefore there is no natural supplement to boost your platelets. ...Read more

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Is there any medicines to reduce platelets?

Yes, why?: Why do you want to reduce your platelet count? What is the count now? Do you have any symptoms? Reducing platelet count requires toxic drugs and is not a do it yourself issue. It would be prudent to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What do platelets do and how do they do it?

Control bleeding: Platelets monitor blood vessels and if there is injury, stick to the site of injury (adhesion) and then release chemicals that attract other platelets (release reaction). Other platelets respond by being drawn to the area of injury and attaching to the growing platelet plug (aggregation). Activated platelets also provide a surface that supports blood clotting (coagulation). ...Read more

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My platelets count is 119, should I be worry?

Slightly low: Your platelet number is only slightly low (normal 150 -450, 000). Not to worry at this time, but you should follow your doctor to make sure your platelet number does not continue to fall. Get a work-up if low platelet count persists. ...Read more

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What are some possible transfusion reactions?

What are some possible transfusion reactions?

Fever, itching, TACO: Acute reactions include:
hemolytic;febrile, non-hemolytic;bacterial contamination;allergic / anaphylaxis; ransfusion-related acute lung injury (trali)
transfusion-associated circulatory overload (taco)

chronic reactions include:
hemolytic; transfusion associated graft vs. Host disease (ta-gvhd);platelet refractoriness;post transfusion purpura;infectious disease;iron overload. ...Read more

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What does a high mean platelet volument signify?

Large platelets: The mpv is a measure of how large the platelet is. Large platelets are presumptively young platelets. If the platelets are being used up or destroyed rapidly (dic or itp) then younger platelets are released into the blood and this is reflected in an increase in the mpv. Also some hereditary platelet disorders cause high mpv. ...Read more

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My 2 year platelets are 547 should I be concern?

?: (what do you mean 2 year platelets?)
in general, a platelet count in that range, in a healthy, menstruating 27 year-old is probably normal.
Mild iron deficiency, which can make you anemic, and is normal in women who are menstruating, can make the platelets go up. ...Read more

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What causes someone platelet to rise to a million?

See below: Things like infection can cause increases in platelet count, but rarely to a level close to 1 million. The differential becomes blood/genetic disorders that can lead to high platelet production, notably essential thrombocytosis or polycythemia vera. Discuss with your doctor to get a referral to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What causes someone platelets to rise to a million?

What causes someone platelets to rise to a million?

See below: Things like infection can cause increases in platelet count, but rarely to a level close to 1 million. The differential becomes blood/genetic disorders that can lead to high platelet production, notably essential thrombocytosis or polycythemia vera. Discuss with your doctor to get a referral to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: platelet?

Blood Clot Help: Platelets are a component of mammalian blood that are also called thrombocytes because of their primary importance in blood clots and controlling bleeding. They are also a source for multiple growth factors. More details here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/platelet. ...Read more

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Is it a bad sign if my platelets need to be checked?

Is it a bad sign if my platelets need to be checked?

? Related bruising: Platelets are involved in blood clotting. Your bruising may or may not reflect low platelets, so your doctor will want to check the platelet level. Your doctor will be able to counsel you about the results of your platelet count. ...Read more

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more