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Why would a splenectomy increase the number of platelets in my blood?

Why would a splenectomy increase the number of platelets in my blood?

Spleen function: The spleen filters blood and pulls dead cells from circulation. In itp and other hypersplenic illnesses, too many platelets are pulled out of circulation. Removing the spleen allows more to stay circulating. You will need vaccines against certain organisms that the spleen protects you from. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


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How might removal of the spleen (splenectomy) result in an increase in the number of circulating platelets?

How might removal of the spleen (splenectomy) result in an increase in the number of circulating platelets?

See below : Spleen is the major (not the only) organ that filters the blood and removes any defective blood cells including platelets. If it is not there, platelets don't get chewed up and keep circulating. ...Read more

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How does a splenectomy affect my red blood cells?

How does a splenectomy affect my red blood cells?

Different ways: The spleen is an organ that helps with some types of infection from encapsulated organisms, platelets, and it also removes old worn out red blood cells. You would not likely know of any side effect on your red blood cells, and your blood tests for your red blood cells are likely to be normal. ...Read more

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Can a partial pancreatectomy and a splenectomy cause blood sugar levels to fluctate?

Can a partial pancreatectomy and a splenectomy cause blood sugar levels to fluctate?

Yes: Insulin is made in the pancreas. Depending on how much of your pancreas was removed, you may not have enough Insulin producing cells left to keep your sugar normal. In that case, you will likely need treatment with Insulin to maintain good blood sugar control. ...Read more

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I have ITP and did splenectomy when I was 7. Since then, my platelets are still unstable. What can I do to help maintain a good count of platelets?

Not enough info: What is the range of your platelet counts? Most times the range is fairly narrow and no treatment is needed. If you are considered, consult with a hematologist. ...Read more

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In case of splenectomy, if the blood cells " RBCs " die, where does it go??

In case of splenectomy, if the blood cells " RBCs " die, where does it go??

Splenic function: The spleen is a place where older red cells die after they age. The spleen is part of the reticuloendothelial system which includes the liver. The liver takes over. Interesting enough the spleen stores up to 1/3 of our circulating blood cells, so expect the blood counts to go up after a splenectomy ...Read more

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My blood platelets are 75000, what should I do to increase platelets as soon as possible?

My blood platelets are 75000, what should I do to increase platelets as soon as possible?

Closely watch...: Low platelets can be due to destruction or a problem with production. Treatments for low platelets depends entirely on the cause. Sometimes merely watching and waiting will resolve the problem. There is usually nothing you can do (for example, diet, supplements, etc.) that will cause the low platelets to rise. ...Read more

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Need help docs! My blood platelets were low (125k) and I increased it (131k) but now my mpv is high, what can I do?

Need help docs! My blood platelets were low (125k) and I increased it (131k) but now my mpv is high, what can I do?

Relax: Your platelets were and are lowish but not dangerously so. MVP is not a health component to be treated, and it fluctuates just as your platelet.count itself does. Your physician will decide whether to follow your platelets, do more labs or Rx. ...Read more

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In last week blood checkup platelets in low count, may I know which food to take to increase the platelets count in blood ?

Probably none: Occasionally low plts will be part of a nutritional deficiency, usually iron deficiency, but it should be obvious with other findings like anemia and small red cells. Isolated low platelets with nothing else abnormal is not a deficiency that foods can correct. There are many causes of low platelets, infections, medications, immune diseases to name a few. Work with your doctor to address cause. ...Read more

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What foods can increase platelet count in my blood?

What foods can increase platelet count in my blood?

None of them: The idea that food choices are the key to health or a specific treatment for any really serious disease (very few exceptions) is simply misinformation. If you're thrombocytopenic, the cause needs to be found and you need to learn as much about your illness as possible. This is serious business. If you've not been checked for lupus, this might be a good time. ...Read more

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How to increase blood platelets if suffering from hepc n cirohsis?

Very difficult: If not impossible. The major source of low platelets in patients with cirrhosis is enlargement of the spleen which then eats platelets. The solution to this is reducing splenic consumption and that is inordinately difficult if not impossible. There are other mechanisms by which your platelet counts may have been reduced but these are minor in comparison. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes low blood platelets, and what can one do to raise them?

What causes low blood platelets, and what can one do to raise them?

Depends: There are many causes of low platelets including self: auto-immune (ITP), and exogenous such as drugs reactions, chemotherapy, etc. So, how to raise them depends on how they got low. ...Read more

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What is a way to raise a blood platelet count?

What is a way to raise a blood platelet count?

Depends on the cause: There are two main reasons why you may have thrombocytopenia (low platelet). You are either not manufacturing them effectively or they are being consumed somehow. The best way to boost the count is to see a qualified hematologist and get worked up.
If they are not being produced effectively, there is a good chance that other types of blood cells aren't being produced well either. ...Read more

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How to increase white blood cells and platelets?

Depends...: Depends on the cause of the decrease. Best to speak with your physician and possibly get a referral to a hematologist to diagnose the problem and define the appropriate treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase blood platelets in dengue fever?

What is the best way to increase blood platelets in dengue fever?

Platelet transfusion: There is no known medication to counteract the Dengue virus, so the treatments are aimed at the symptoms and signs. Medications are not available to raise platelet count. Should the count fall low enough that bleeding is a risk, platelet transfusion is the only option to address the problem. ...Read more

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I'm dengue fever positive. What can I do to increase my blood platelet level? Is there any food which I need to avoid?

Not likely: May not be dengue related, if there is no bleeind or bruising a platlet count is above 100, then may just need to wait it out, should go to a blood specialist to make sure there is nothing else wnong. ...Read more