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What commonly can cause your platelet count to be elevated?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Internal Medicine - Hematology
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In brief: Thrombocytosis

The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia.
Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic infection or inflammation, metastatic cancer, and essential thrombocythemia, a bone marrow disorder which causes excessive production of platelets. For the correct diagnosis, you will need to see a hematologist.

In brief: Thrombocytosis

The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia.
Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic infection or inflammation, metastatic cancer, and essential thrombocythemia, a bone marrow disorder which causes excessive production of platelets. For the correct diagnosis, you will need to see a hematologist.
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