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What Is A Hemogram With Platelets
Mom's platelets were 804. they've been going up the last 4yrs. She's 78 in good health. Why so high the #'s?
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
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
Healthy in general:
Age 17 or older
At least weigh 110 pounds
many are ok
these are the ones that generally exclude donors
Prostate medications, Antibiotics, blood thinners.
if taking aspirin, one has to be off for 3 days at least before donating
if on Plavix, (clopidogrel) then need to be off it for 14 days
also must pass the Travel history questionnaire ...Read more
It is just a number: The normal platelet count is between 150, 000 to 400, 000 per microliter of blood. This number can fluctuate depending of different scenarios that go from body fluid status to acute inflammatory and chronic states. Any number between 150, 000 to 400, 000 per microliter of blood could be detected in a healthy individual. ...Read more
Need more info:
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, high platelet count is a often an indication of iron deficiency. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
See details: Sometimes there is no definite cause and this is known as essential thrombocytosis. Causes including acute bleeding, allergic reactions, cancer, chronic kidney failure, exercise, infections, removal of your spleen, inflammation such as from rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, trauma and certain medications. ...Read more
Bleeding risk: Low platelets can mean an increase risk of bleeding. Bleeding can even happen without good cause. The lower the platelet count, the higher the risk for bleeding. The bleeding can be nosebleeds, gum bleeding, heavy periods. The most concerning bleeding would be bleeding inside the skull. This is unusual, but would likely cause a headache and nausea. ...Read more
High platelet count:
There are many causes for a high platelet count. Many times it is reactive--in response to another medical issue like an infection or having no spleen but there are many other causes. It can also be a problem with the bone marrow function.
The cause should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more
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
No need to divide: The nucleus is present in cells that divide or continue to transcribe new genes into RNA and ultimately translate them to protein. Platelets are shed from larger cells called megakaryocytes, and have all the proteins and chemicals they need for their entire life, so no need for a nucleus. ...Read more
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other types of surgery, in association with cancer, and as a result of a group of bone marrow disorders known as myeloproliferative neoplasms. It is very important that a high platelet count be evaluated promptly by a hematologist. ...Read more