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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Thrombocytopenia (Overview)

Platelet count less than the normal range of 150, 000 to 400, 000. Penia = low thrombocytes = platelets thrombocytopenia = low platelets.


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What is thrombocytopenia?

What is thrombocytopenia?

Thrombocytopenia: Thrombocytopenia means low platelets. Platelets are important for blood clotting. There are many reasons people become thrombocytopenia and there are many different levels of severity, some of which need therapy and some which do not. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Thrombocytopenia (Overview)

Platelet count less than the normal range of 150, 000 to 400, 000. Penia = low thrombocytes = platelets thrombocytopenia = low platelets.


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What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia?

What are the symptoms of thrombocytopenia?

There are many.: Bruises, particularly in unusual places can be a clue (but can occur anywhere). A pinpoint red rash known as petechiae is frequently seen. Blood blisters in the mouth (wet purpura) can be seen and are a reason to be treated. Bleeding from other mucosal surfaces can occur. Rarely, intracranial bleeding can occur and be life threatening. If you have thrombocytopenia work with your dr to find cause. ...Read more

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How common is a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia in a young female?

How common is a diagnosis of thrombocytopenia in a young female?

Find the cause: It's not a common finding, but if you have it, it is 100%. Thrombocytopenia is something that should never be trifled with; if it gets worse it can cause bad bleeding. In a young woman especially, it can herald lupus. Medications, having one's period, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, allergy to quinine in a cocktail, and a variety of other processes can be the cause. ...Read more

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What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

What is thrombocytopenia and how is a prothrombin time test used?

Blood clotting: Thrombocytopenia means low level of blood plateletes. Prothrombin time is a test for extrinsic coagulation pathway that is initiated with factor vii. Vitamin k deficiency or use of Coumadin (warfarin) or liver function deficiency will prolong the prothrombin time, while several blood clotting diseases that affect intrinsic coagulation such as von willibrand or hemophila will not affect prothrombin time. ...Read more

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What are the tests for thrombocytopenia?

CBC and further: A complete blood cell count (CBC) includes the number of platelets in blood. Normal range is from about 150k to 250 k. There is usually no risk of bleeding if the count is above 40k. If thrombocytopenia is detected, it would require further investigation to ascertain the cause. ...Read more

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Is it true that because I have thrombocytopenia does that mean I have a higher risk of developing cancer?

Is it true that because I have thrombocytopenia does that mean I have a higher risk of developing cancer?

Unlikely...: Thrombocytopenia can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common is that platelets are being destroyed (immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp)). Low platelets can be caused because the body can't produce them (bone marrow suppression due to viral infection, leukemia, mds, myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia). Talk with your doc or see a hematologist to really know your risk. ...Read more

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What's thrombocytopenia and how can it be treated?

Depends on cause: Thrombocytopenia refers to low platelet count, a blood cell type needed for normal control of bleeding. Treatment depends on the cause of the abnormality. Some times platelets are transfused, like blood transfusion, to correct bleeding due to low platelet count. ...Read more

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I have thrombocytopenia with a platelette count of 40, 000. Hematologist says not worth treating. Can i take generic midrin for my frequent headaches?

I have thrombocytopenia with a platelette count of 40, 000. Hematologist says not worth treating. Can i take generic midrin for my frequent headaches?

Yes: With low platlets you should not be taking anything with Aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. Midrin does not have Aspirin initial. I would recommend that you should always check with your hematologist before starting any new medication. ...Read more