Is my elevated platelet count linked to my C-section delivery or COVID infection?

Q. Can my elevated platelet count be because of my C-section delivery or COVID infection?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 04, 2021 and last reviewed on: Jul 17, 2023

Hello doctor,

I recently had a high fever, cough, and body pain. I suffered from COVID during the seventh month of pregnancy and had a C-section delivery before three months. And my complete blood count (CBC) reports showed the platelets value as 520000 cells/mcL. After one week, it came back to 490000 cells/mcL. What should I do now? Thanks.



Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from elevated platelet count, fever, body ache, and cough. High platelet count is known as thrombocytosis that may result from blood loss due to acute bleeding. The bleeding may be due to the presence of any infections, iron deficiency anemia, hemolytic anemia, inflammatory disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disease, surgery, trauma, carcinoma, etc. According to the blood reports, you may suffer from anemia due to iron deficiency as your hemoglobin levels are below the normal range (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). So, your previous history of C-section, urinary tract infections, or anemia might be the reason for elevated platelet count. It is good that you have already started to take the tablet Azithromycin for your urinary tract infection. I suggest you take iron-enriched foods and supplements daily to subside your anemia. After one mother, kindly repeat the CBC (complete blood count) test to check the platelet count. Hopefully, your present elevated platelet counts will return to the normal range. Take care.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the reply. Do I need any other tests? Thanks.



Welcome back to You need not undergo further investigations as you are already diagnosed with urinary tract infection and iron deficiency anemia and have a previous history of C-section. These are the reasons for your elevated platelet levels. Subsiding your present urinary tract infection and increasing your hemoglobin levels by taking iron-enriched foods and supplements will help bring your platelet count back to the normal range. Take care.

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