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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes a low blood platelet count?

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Dr. Richard Mcgee
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Tonya Kozminski
If it is a one time finding, most likely a collection or lab issue but any abnormality really should be rechecked and followed up. Depending how low the number will determine how soon that needs to occur. The doctor who did the test should be able to assist you and if not they should refer you to a provider who is more familiar with this problem.
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