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Doctor insights on: Platelets Donation Risks

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Last year I got a hematoma after donating platelets. Today, I had to stop a donation due to hematoma risk. Is donating once or twice a month too much?

Last year I got a hematoma after donating platelets. Today, I had to stop a donation due to hematoma risk. Is donating once or twice a month too much?

NO: NO- your blood is always checked before donation. You can certainly donate once a month without issues; however, I advise consulting with your PCP regarding hematoma (usually related to the venipuncture). ...Read more

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How does platelet donation work via apheresis?

How does platelet donation work via apheresis?

Pheresis: Is essence is a process where blood is "filtered" to extract either cellular products, red cells, white cells or a substance for either re-infusion (cell) or removal a macroglobulin in plasmapheresis in waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. ...Read more

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Will platelet donation lower your platelet count?

Will platelet donation lower your platelet count?

Minimally: It will minimally lower your count given the amount of platelets being in your blood stream compared to the amount take out of it. Chances are you it will not even reflect on your blood count test. ...Read more

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When you do a blood platelet donation, is everything in the process disposable?

When you do a blood platelet donation, is everything in the process disposable?

Yes, watch set up: The entire "plumbing" set for the machine comes out of one (sterile) package, then the IV solutions are opened and added (one time use). When you are all done, the entire works (minus the platelet collection bag!) is taken down and disposed of. ...Read more

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How can you speed up a platelet donation? I give platelets once a week and I know some people finish way faster. Is there a way to speed it up?

No: It is all dependent on the machine which spins your blood to skim the platelets. You can ask the tech to speed it up if possible, but I do not think it is. ...Read more

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Can a platelet donation affect my cbc?

Not by much: Platelet apheresis returns almost all the non-platelet blood components to you, so WBC and RBC levels usually do not change at all. Platelet count may drop briefly, but our bodies rapidly manufacture them, since it does not know if you donated them or if you sustained an injury that used them, it can adjust level within a few hours. ...Read more

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Is the infusion of citate during a platelet donation safe? I have read that the comlication of hypocalcemia can be life threatening.

Safe: Citrate does chelate calcium and can cause symptoms of hypocalcemia. However, in a person healthy enough to donate blood/platelets, the liver can metabolize citrate fast enough so that it is not a problem. You may take calcium containing antacid to hasten recovery.
I applaud you for donating blood and doing your civic duty.
Wish you good health. ...Read more

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I regurally donate plasma and platelets. Since my last donation, I have a small bump at the injection site. It’s been a few weeks, now. Common?

I regurally donate plasma and platelets.  Since my last donation, I have a small bump at the injection site.  It’s been a few weeks, now.  Common?

HEMATOMA: Following blood drawing it is not uncommon to form a hematoma at the injection site. This is due to some leakage of blood around the needle. The blood becomes trapped under the skin and can form a hard area. This will resolve over several weeks. Warm compresses to the area will help it to dissolve. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with platelets that are too high or too low?

What are the risks associated with platelets that are too high or too low?

Clotting disorder: Too high a platelet count may cause blood clots to form in blood vessels and deprive affected tissue of blood supply. Too low platelet count causes bleeding, usually in skin and mucus membrane, but can result in internal bleeding it the count is too low, i.e., less than 10 k/cmm. ...Read more

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Platelet too high?

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 too 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 you're heads-up. Your physician can discuss further testing. ...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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What happens if your platelets are low?

Bleeding: Platelets help our bodies clot. SO, when platelets are too low (how low is "too low" is very situation and individual dependent!) we will bleed. Often bleeding from low platelets takes the form of bleeding in the mouth and gums. Sometimes a dotted pattern, almost like a rash, called petechiae, can appear on the calves and shins. ...Read more

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How can we increase our platelet counts?

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

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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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Does excercise increasease platelet levels?

No: Platelets which are blood cells involved in clotting are produced in the bone marrow, many things can affect the platelet count, but exercise generally doesn't have any effect on these levels e ...Read more

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Why would there be an increase in platelets?

Reactive or primary: There are two main reasons why platelets may go up. 1st is secondary to inflammation (eg after surgery or infections) or iron deficiency. Second is due to diseases if bone marrow. Also, people who have had there spleen removed tend to have a high platelet count. ...Read more

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What does an increased platelets count mean?

Context: The most common cause is iron deficiency, no one knows why. They may go up some after infection, trauma, childbirth or surgery. More worrisome and higher counts occur in diseases is as essential thrombocythemia, a blood disease that is fairly easy to manage in most cases. ...Read more