What causes low platelet blood count?

Numerous Causes. Platelets are a blood component necessary for hemostasis (cessation of bleeding); are produced in bone marrow; activated by blood vessel damage.There are numerous causes for a low platelet count: impaired production (bone marrow, genetic disorders); increased consumption (infections), increased destruction (autoimmune diseases), & more. Evaluation by your doctor is necessary to determine the cause.
Low platelets. Viral syndromes, infections, medications, blood disorders, liver disease, anticoagulants, can cause low platelets.

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What causes a high white blood count with platelets in the mid-normal range?

Many conditions. Many conditions cause an elevated WBC count. They include bacterial infections, corticosteroid or lithium administration, many inflammatory conditions, hemolysis, granulocyte stimulating factor administration, leukemias etc. Read more...

What to do if I do not know why my white blood count is low or my platelets. I felt sick the day before maybe a virus?

Viral infections. White blood cell counts before a viral infection may be normal , elevated or decreased. Feeling sick is not just a result of changes in your blood counts which are dynamic and change second to second. If you are worried about having low platelets, you can have this checked at your health care providers office. Read more...

Been struggling w fatigue/body pain for 2 years. Recently learned my white blood count is 3.5 and platelets are also low. Is this a concern? Related?

Fatigue, low counts. Hi Barbara. Your symptoms and blood work could be related. You need to see a physician to look for the causes of your symptoms and for your abnormal blood work to help you find a cause. . Read more...

I had blood count done yesterday 3 hours later got call from hospital saying go strait up my WBC were low and so were platelets what could it be?

Possible HIV. A low WBC count means you are unable to fight infection well. It could be unknown reason or it could be hiv. They probably want to make sure you don't have hiv. Low platelets could be due to a disease called itp, and treatment depends on how low your platelets are. If you bleed your body may not be able to stop the bleed due to low platelets. Read more...
Depending on how. Low could be another serious diagnosis such as a blood cancer. Good you are in the right place to get it sorted out. Read more...

What to do if my husband has low blood count. Hemoglobin 14, RBC 5.59, low WBC 3700, platelets 157000.?

Not too low. 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, the counts are not too low. Hemoglobin is normal. WBC is slightly low but may be his normal. platelets are at the lower end of normal. Read more...