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My child is five years old and has a low platelet count. What could be the cause and treatment?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Psychiatry
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In brief: Doc needed

Many causes of low platelet count.
First let's just make sure by using another lab. Please consult with a hematologist. Tomorrow. This is just too important!

In brief: Doc needed

Many causes of low platelet count.
First let's just make sure by using another lab. Please consult with a hematologist. Tomorrow. This is just too important!
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
Dr. Arthur Hoffman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Varies

This can be lab error, something is preventing their creation or something is consuming them too fast.
Platelets can sometimes clump together & confuse the lab equipment, causing a false low number. A very nasty illness can stop their creation. Other illnesses can consume or use up platelets so fast their numbers drop.Treatment is based on verifying the condition & identifying the cause

In brief: Varies

This can be lab error, something is preventing their creation or something is consuming them too fast.
Platelets can sometimes clump together & confuse the lab equipment, causing a false low number. A very nasty illness can stop their creation. Other illnesses can consume or use up platelets so fast their numbers drop.Treatment is based on verifying the condition & identifying the cause
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics

In brief: Many

There are many causes for a low platelet count.
Some can be serious but most are not. Probably the most common is caused by a virus and will resolve on its own but i would see a hematology doctor to decide if any further work up needs to be done.

In brief: Many

There are many causes for a low platelet count.
Some can be serious but most are not. Probably the most common is caused by a virus and will resolve on its own but i would see a hematology doctor to decide if any further work up needs to be done.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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