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What does clumped platelets mean?

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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What causes someone platelet to rise to a million?

See below: Things like infection can cause increases in platelet count, but rarely to a level close to 1 million. The differential becomes blood/genetic disorders that can lead to high platelet production, notably essential thrombocytosis or polycythemia vera. Discuss with your doctor to get a referral to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What causes someone platelets to rise to a million?

What causes someone platelets to rise to a million?

See below: Things like infection can cause increases in platelet count, but rarely to a level close to 1 million. The differential becomes blood/genetic disorders that can lead to high platelet production, notably essential thrombocytosis or polycythemia vera. Discuss with your doctor to get a referral to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What happens if platelets are increased in the body?

What happens if platelets are increased in the body?

Depends on cause...: Elevated platelets can be a normal response of the body under conditions of inflammation. Usually platelet counts <750, 000 do not cause too many problems (depends on the age and health of the patient). Higher platelet counts can cause many problems such as putting a person at higher risk for developing blood clots. The underlying cause of increased platelets also influences risk of harm. ...Read more

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What number of platelets should be there for a healthy person?

What number of platelets should be there for a healthy person?

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

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What's worse high platelets or low?

What's worse high platelets or low?

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

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What does a platelet count of 652 mean?

?thousand?: Platelet counts are usually given as hundreds of thousands per ml of blood. As a means of shorthand communication, they may be stated without the zeros, so "652" likely means 652, 000. This is somewhat high, and might merit investigation but your doctor will know best the circumstances in which this may fit. If it is really only 652, that is dangerously low, and you need to be in a hospital asap. ...Read more

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What does a platelet level of 494 mean?

What does a platelet level of 494 mean?

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, your count is higher than normal. A common cause of high platelet count is iron deficiency. Your doctor who ordered the test should have more information and should be able provide an opinion if further investigation is warranted. ...Read more

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What does "Mean Platelet Volume: 13.0" mean?

What does "Mean Platelet Volume: 13.0" mean?

Average size: That reflects average platelet size and seems to be at the higher end of normal/ borderline high. ...Read more