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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can a platelet donation affect my cbc?

Not by much: Platelet apheresis returns almost all of 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.