8 doctors weighed in:

What is thrombocytopenia?

8 doctors weighed in
5 doctors agree

In brief: Thrombocytopenia

Platelets are important for blood clotting. There are many reasons people become thrombocytopenia and there are many different levels of severity, some of which need therapy and some which do not.

In brief: Thrombocytopenia

Platelets are important for blood clotting. There are many reasons people become thrombocytopenia and there are many different levels of severity, some of which need therapy and some which do not.
Dr. Michelle Powers
Dr. Michelle Powers
Thank
Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: LOW Platlet count

'thrombocytes' are platelets and 'penia' means low in the blood.
A low platelet count is generally a 'bone marrow problem' where production is decreased due to tumor (e.g. Leukemia), infection (e.g. Viruses) or toxins (alcoholism) and other diagnoses. Another cause of thrombocytopenia is a clotting problem where platelets are consumed (used up) as in a condition (d.I.C.).

In brief: LOW Platlet count

'thrombocytes' are platelets and 'penia' means low in the blood.
A low platelet count is generally a 'bone marrow problem' where production is decreased due to tumor (e.g. Leukemia), infection (e.g. Viruses) or toxins (alcoholism) and other diagnoses. Another cause of thrombocytopenia is a clotting problem where platelets are consumed (used up) as in a condition (d.I.C.).
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
Thank
Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Thrombocytopenia...

Is the medical term for a low platelet count.
The normal range is wide (150-400k), and although a platelet count below 150k is considered low, it has to fall much more before spontaneous bleeding becomes a consideration. There are many causes, reflecting synthetic dysfunction, consumption, inappropriate destruction or a combination of these. We can treat many causes with meds and/or transfusions.

In brief: Thrombocytopenia...

Is the medical term for a low platelet count.
The normal range is wide (150-400k), and although a platelet count below 150k is considered low, it has to fall much more before spontaneous bleeding becomes a consideration. There are many causes, reflecting synthetic dysfunction, consumption, inappropriate destruction or a combination of these. We can treat many causes with meds and/or transfusions.
Dr. Michael Engel
Dr. Michael Engel
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Vicken Poochikian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
38 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors