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What exactly does it mean to have a low platelet count?

What exactly does it mean to have a low platelet count?

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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Cbc test shows high wbc, low hematocrit, low mcv, low mch, high platelet count, low lymphocytes and monocytes - can you define these for me?

Cbc test shows high wbc, low hematocrit, low mcv, low mch, high platelet count, low lymphocytes and monocytes - can you define these for me?

Hard to say...: It sounds like it may be an infection but it's impossible to say without more information including if you have any other signs or symptoms. It is also important to know the numbers: how high is that wbc, for example. The best way to go for you is to discuss it with you doctor directly. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your platelets are low?

What does it mean when your platelets are low?

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

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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?

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?

Nothing: Normal range is given as 7.5-11.5 fL. Yours is just below normal but may be your normal. This finding in isolation is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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What are signs of leukemia in lab work. Examples....My platelets were high as well as my mpv. My lymphocytes per. Were slightly low and neurop. High?

Needs check up: Your blood count is abnormal, there many benign reasons for high platelet counts, and neutrophils, but also few serious problems, please talk tobyour doctor. ...Read more

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Please let me know what is the blood meter which measures platelet count?

Please let me know what is the blood meter which measures platelet count?

Different brands: There are many different brands of instruments that measure blood counts. Coulter was the first to introduce blood cell counters. Now it is part of beckman-coulter. ...Read more

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What's the test called for measuring, rbc, wbc, hgb, and platelets?

What's the test called for measuring, rbc, wbc, hgb, and platelets?

CBC: This test is the complete blood count, or cbc. It gives numbers and descriptive measures of the red blood cells, white blood cells and the platelets. ...Read more

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With low platelets, what is a safe platelet count range for getting a tattoo?

With low platelets, what is a safe platelet count range for getting a tattoo?

Platelet count: In an adult, a normal count is about 150, 000 to 450, 000 platelets per microliter of blood. If platelet levels fall below 20, 000 per microliter, spontaneous bleeding may occur and is considered a life-threatening risk. Patients who have a bone marrow disease, such as leukemia or another cancer in the bone marrow, often experience excessive bleeding. ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase platelet count naturally and safely during chemotherapy? What is the clinical consensus around papaya leaf juice?

What is the best way to increase platelet count naturally and safely during chemotherapy? What is the clinical consensus around papaya leaf juice?

Talk to your dr: Do not take any herbal supplements with chemotherapy without discussing with your doctor first----significant side effects can occur.

There is no natural way to increase platelets. Discuss your treatment options with your hematologist. ...Read more

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What number is a dangerous platelet count?

Low: Counts between 100-150 (thousand) are usually w/o symptoms. As the count drops towards 50 more bruising and mucosal bleeding are seen. As the number drops below 50 towards 20 the incidence of spontaneous bleeding in the brain increases. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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Why is it hard to control platelets in the blood of adenocarcinoma patients?

Why is it hard to control platelets in the blood of adenocarcinoma patients?

Treatments?: Cancer patients can have low platelets for a few reasons (i think this is what you're asking).
1-chemo treatments can reduce platelet counts by a direct toxic effect. Usually this recovers prior to the next treatment.
2-liver disease from metastases can lead to low platelets.
3-i suppose malnutrition itself could cause low platelets. ...Read more

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Does an elevated platelet count and blood in urine necessarily indicate a life threatening issue?

Does an elevated platelet count and blood in urine necessarily indicate a life threatening issue?

It depends on Diagno: We need to know more information. Platelets can be high for many different reasons and Blood in the urine can be caused by several possible diagnoses. So we need you to have your doctors determine the cause for both conditions especially blood in the urine which can be caused by Cancer. which can sometimes lead to high platelet counts. Get tested further. ...Read more

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What’s the benefit of anti-platelet therapy in ckd?

What’s the benefit of anti-platelet therapy in ckd?

Depends: If there is a stent in place or pt has heart disease or hx of stroke - may benefit from anti-platlet tx ; should have some other reason than just CKD for it. ...Read more

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I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer. Can I donate platelets?

I take atrovent, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and pro-air daily since a lobectomy in 2005 to remove a lobe of my left lung d/t lung cancer. Can I donate platelets?

Probably not.: As a general rule, cancer patients are not used as blood donors or blood component donors. Nevertheless, you may check with the blood bank. It looks like you survived your lung cancer but not knowing the initial staging and cell type and not knowing about recent pet scan status makes it uncertain. ...Read more

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5 day fever >103.5 f, sore throat and painful dry cough. Platelets 166k/mm, high neutrophils, low lymphocytes. Ibuprofen + azithromycin 500mg/day x 3?

5 day fever >103.5 f, sore throat and painful dry cough. Platelets 166k/mm, high neutrophils, low lymphocytes. Ibuprofen + azithromycin 500mg/day x 3?

Respiratory infectio: What's the question? Based on limited info sounds like you may have a viral or less likely bacterial infection (which is probably treated anyway). I would expect that you get better over next few days. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a low mpv (7.1) but a normal platelet count? (256). My doctor says its normal, but I do have bruising & my bones hurt easily

What does it mean to have a low mpv (7.1) but a normal platelet count? (256). My doctor says its normal, but I do have bruising & my bones hurt easily

No worry: Nothing you should worry about. I do not thing that the low mpv has anything to do with your bruising and bony aches. Brusing can be caused by different things like abnormal function of the platelet, problem with skin collagen, thyroid problem, hormonal, etc. If you are bruising easily, you may want to ask your doctor to run some test or refer you to see a hematologist for further work-up. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with sinusitis. Blood results; platelets are a bit low. My symptoms are fever aches pains clear diherrea nausea. Was my diagnosis true?

I was diagnosed with sinusitis. Blood results; platelets are a bit low. My symptoms are fever aches pains clear diherrea nausea. Was my diagnosis true?

I do not know: Sinusitis diagnosis is made on clinical exam most often, and can be supplemented with a CT scan as well. Certainly diarrhea and nausea are not often associated with diarrhea, but that does not mean you did not have a sinus infection on top of those symptoms as well. ...Read more

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If the mean platelets volume is what it means?

MPV.: Mean platelet volume is the average size of your platelets. Not a particularly useful number unless you seem to have a platelet problem such as way to many or too little platelets or difficulty clotting. ...Read more

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What does elevated WBC and platelets means?

Many things: Elevated WBC can be due to many different reasons as can the increase in platelets. I recommend that you see a hematologist so that the abnormalities can be evaluated, worked-up and a diagnosis determined. ...Read more

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What's worse high platelets or low?

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

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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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Platelet too high?

Essential: Thrombocytosis is a seemingly benign over-production of platelets but has a tendency to lead to clots and strokes, and may be a true myeloproliferative (leukemia like) disorder. You need to see a hematologist/oncologist to seal the diagnosis and discuss the need for treatment and options. ...Read more

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How low is to low for platelets?

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

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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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Hi my platelets is 440 is this bad?

Not really: It is not dangerous. If you are borderline iron deficient without anemia, this may be your heads-up. Your physician can discuss further testing. ...Read more