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What Causes Low Blood Platlets
What causes low blood platlets in a 53 0ld man, recently discovered a blood clot in lower calf, had major back surgery almost 4 months,ago?
Many possibilities: The most common cause of low platelets in children is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a self-limiting condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against its own platelets (can happen after viral infections). Sometimes this needs treatment, other times it will resolve on its own. If the low platelets are a chronic condition, there are many rare possibilities. A hematologist can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Numerous Causes: Platelets are a blood component necessary for hemostasis (cessation of bleeding); are produced in bone marrow; activated by blood vessel damage.There are numerous causes for a low platelet count: impaired production (bone marrow, genetic disorders); increased consumption (infections), increased destruction (autoimmune diseases), & more. Evaluation by your doctor is necessary to determine the cause ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bleeding: Platelets are the scaffoding for clot formation and subsequent tissue remodeling. Platelets aggregate at the bleeding site to prevent further blood loss. Abnormal platelet aggregation/destruction, insufficient production, and certain medication can also decrease platelet count. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: Causes are: 1) errors in collection/ handling of blood specimen 2) drugs /medicines including some over the counter 3) immune reactions to infections- viral / bacterial or to autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, etc 4) advanced liver disease from hep c or others 5) bone marrow damage from invading cancer, marrow fibrosis, leukemia 6) disseminated clotting from various causes 7) other things. ...Read more
See your doctor: There are many causes of low platelet and white cell counts. Many times the cause is medication effects or infection. However, there are many more serious causes such as leukemia and myelodysplasia. A thorough evaluation by your physician is a must because of the possibility of a serious condition. ...Read more
Possibly: Possibly, but assure no anti-phospholipid syndrome or lupus. ...Read more
Pre-op blood work
mean platelet 10.8 high
platelet count 150,000 low
WBC 12,600 high
Causes of concern? All related?
You are mixed up!: Your platelet count is perfectly normal(Normal level ranges from 150,000 to 300,000. WBC count should be under 10,000...so your WBC count is a bit high. Check and let us know about your Hemoglobin(Hb) level? If it is <12 Gms, then you have a problem which will require you to go see your PCP to find out the cause of your low Hb and high WBC count. ...Read more