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What could cause low platelets?

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Many things

Low platelets are caused either because the bone marrow is not making enough platelets, or they are being destroyed.
This is a potentially serious problem and should be evaluated by a hematologist.

In brief: Many things

Low platelets are caused either because the bone marrow is not making enough platelets, or they are being destroyed.
This is a potentially serious problem and should be evaluated by a hematologist.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Varied...

Low platelets are caused by a lack of production or increased destruction.
Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus (will resolve), or be as serious as leukemia.

In brief: Varied...

Low platelets are caused by a lack of production or increased destruction.
Immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp), a condition where the body makes auto-antibodies against platelets, can be treated with medicines (ivig, win rho, sometimes steroids). If production is the problem, the cause needs to be found. Can be simply caused by a virus (will resolve), or be as serious as leukemia.
Dr. Scott Diede
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