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What does low platelets mean?

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Dr. Deborah Sculco
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Many things

Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count.
This due to edta in the blood tube. Review of smear would clarify or could consider drawing blood in a citrated blue top tube instead of the standard purple. Drugs i.E chemotherapy and antibiotics as well as anticonvulsant and other drugs can lower the platelet count.

In brief: Many things

Could be factitious or drug or associated with disease process platelet can clump leading to a falsely low count.
This due to edta in the blood tube. Review of smear would clarify or could consider drawing blood in a citrated blue top tube instead of the standard purple. Drugs i.E chemotherapy and antibiotics as well as anticonvulsant and other drugs can lower the platelet count.
Dr. Deborah Sculco
Dr. Deborah Sculco
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