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What is the name of the condition that the bone marrow stops producing platlets? Is it a disease? How does one get it? Cures? Treatment?
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
10 doctors agree
In brief: Several causes
Bone marrow may fail to make platelets, however, there are reasons for low platelets other than bone marrow failure.
A health evaluation will show whether the bone marrow is failing, or if there is another cause. Bone marrow failure states include myelodysplasia, myelofibrosis, leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, cancer. Some are curable. Certain medications can also lead to low platelets.

In brief: Several causes
Bone marrow may fail to make platelets, however, there are reasons for low platelets other than bone marrow failure.
A health evaluation will show whether the bone marrow is failing, or if there is another cause. Bone marrow failure states include myelodysplasia, myelofibrosis, leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, cancer. Some are curable. Certain medications can also lead to low platelets.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Other causes
Some infections, especially viral, may cause this.
Additionally. A condition called itp can occur without any obviou reason. In kids it can be curable and in adults it is treatable. This may be related to a viral infection, but usually has no obvious cause.

In brief: Other causes
Some infections, especially viral, may cause this.
Additionally. A condition called itp can occur without any obviou reason. In kids it can be curable and in adults it is treatable. This may be related to a viral infection, but usually has no obvious cause.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
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Dr. Martin Andreansky
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Thrombocytopenia
Thrombocytopenia is caused by decreased production or increased destruction of platelets.

In brief: Thrombocytopenia
Thrombocytopenia is caused by decreased production or increased destruction of platelets.
Dr. Martin Andreansky
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Actually, "thrombocytopenia" just means 'low platelets". There are numerous bone marrow conditions that can cause it.
Dr. Louis Cooper
I agree with Dr. Kaplan's comment. Patient should be seen and evaluated with a plan for treatment if needed. Viral illness to immune associated illness and sometimes even certain medications can cause low platelets.
Dr. Andrew Walter
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: ITP
The most common cause of this problem in children is itp.
This common and mild disorder is sometimes treated with medications such as ivig or winrho to increase the platelet counts quickly. Not all children need to be treated with medications. The disease usually goes away within 6 months with or without treatment.

In brief: ITP
The most common cause of this problem in children is itp.
This common and mild disorder is sometimes treated with medications such as ivig or winrho to increase the platelet counts quickly. Not all children need to be treated with medications. The disease usually goes away within 6 months with or without treatment.
Dr. Andrew Walter
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Bone marrow problems
It depends if the bone marrow is just not making platelets or are the platelets being destroyed or getting stuck in the spleen.
Having low platelets is called thrombocytopenia. Various problems can cause this and the treatment depends on the problem. Possible causes are aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, leukemia, infections, drugs or other cancers.

In brief: Bone marrow problems
It depends if the bone marrow is just not making platelets or are the platelets being destroyed or getting stuck in the spleen.
Having low platelets is called thrombocytopenia. Various problems can cause this and the treatment depends on the problem. Possible causes are aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, leukemia, infections, drugs or other cancers.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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