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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?
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
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
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?
What can you tell me about the bleeding disorder platelet storage pool decency? My daughter has severe case and needs a hole in ear drum patched up
It's a huge topic: It's a huge topic, but in a nutshell, it's where PLT count is normal but they r not functioning fine. ...Read more
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
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
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
What is the best way to increase platelet count naturally and safely during chemotherapy? What is the clinical consensus around papaya leaf juice?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
My 14 year old daughter has a low mpv (6.0) and a normal platelet count. Is this concerning? Does she need any further workup?
Nothing to worry: No worry. No need for further work-up as long as platelet level is within normal range. ...Read more
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
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
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