Platelets are small cells responsible for the blood to clot and stop bleeding from a wound. They range from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Increased platelet count results in a condition called thrombocytosis, and a reduced amount of platelet count is called thrombocytopenia. They are diagnosed using a complete blood count.
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I am a 26-year-old girl with a history of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura and am taking medications for it. Can I get pregnant?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26-year-old girl who suffered from idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, three months ago. I was under treatment for the next three months with Corticosteroids and Imuran (Azathioprine). After three months doctor did not give me any treatment as my platelet count was normal. Now I... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I went through your query and understood your concern. The cause for your reduced platelet count was not clear. If no cause is found then it could be idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). A bone marrow aspiration study can be done to confirm it. This disease sho... Read Full »
Why does my son have a continuous fever?
Query: Hi doctor, My son, who is 15 years old, is suffering from fever. He has constant 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit of fever with throat pain for the last 15 days. Blood tests indicate negative for malaria and typhoid. We consulted an ENT specialist and he indicated tonsillitis. My son is taking Movace... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would be helpful if you do a CBC (complete blood count) and CRP (C-reactive protein). From that we can understand the level of infection. Also, tonsillitis can also be so severe that it may last for up to 10 days. Betadine gargle three times a day with warm water fo... Read Full »
Is low platelet count a symptom of dengue?
Query: Hi doctor, My father has nagging dry cough for about one month. Our physician has doubted it as allergic bronchitis and the x-ray also justifies the same. As per today, his platelet count is 125000. Is there anything to worry? Or is this a sign of dengue? Myself and my brother have just recovered f... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For dengue, the first and the foremost thing to be present is fever. Dengue is not diagnosed only on the basis of platelet count. Also, mild thrombocytopenia (low platelet) is common in older adults. All you have to check is the trend of platelet count whether it is de... Read Full »
What can be done for the bruises on my daughter's leg that appear without injury?
Query: Hi doctor, This query is regarding my 8 year old daughter. She has been constantly getting bruises on her legs. We think this bruise occurs automatically and may not be due to injury. We have been noticing these bruises for the past 6 to 7 years. It fades away automatically after few days. We c... Read Full »
Dr. Veerendra Channabasappa Patil
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your description of the symptoms of your child seems to be significant, as the bruises are spontaneous. I would be interested to know the following points. Was there any swelling at the ... Read Full »
Can hypothyroidism cause a decrease in platelet counts?
Query: Hi doctor, I had my TSH 7.59 mIU/L before one month. Now my TSH is 5.9 mIU/L. But my platelet count was reduced to 127,000 per microliter of blood. About two weeks ago, I got RPOC after abortion. Now again I have done a CBC. This time also, I had my platelet count 127,000 per microliter of blood and... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query and hypothyroidism is not related to low platelet count. Giant platelets are present when there is destruction in platelets. Temporary viral infection, dengue, malaria, uremia, splenomegaly, bacterial infection are some of the causes... Read Full »
Can being on your menstrual period raise the platelet count?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 40 years old. I recently had a full panel of laboratory tests done and my platelet count was elevated as was my hs-CRP. All other reports were in optimal or normal range. My ferritin was on the lower end and my HbA1c was on the higher end of normal. I am currently being treated wi... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In the provided report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the serum ferritin and hemoglobin are within the limit. A slightly elevated platelet and high CRP (C-reactive protein) can be from a temporary inflammation, in which the platelet is raised becaus... Read Full »
I noticed a blood clot after passing stools. What is wrong with me?
Query: Hi doctor, Today, I found a blood clot after passing stools. I had constipation a few days back and blood was seen at that time too, but I never noticed a blood clot before. I was suffering from dengue, but now my platelets are alright. I am attaching my recent reports. I am very worried. What is ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dengue NS1 antigen positive confirms dengue viral fever. Your platelet count was within the normal range, which prevents you from bleeding. The symptom that you are saying about blood clot with stools has two options. One might be because of straining b... Read Full »
Can reactive thrombocytosis cause stroke?
Query: Hello doctor, I donated plasma through plasmapheresis. When the IV was initially inserted, my blood did not flow through the machine. The technician came by and wiggled the IV, but the blood still did not flow. The technician then switched the IV to my other arm. It began to flow after about five mi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very rare for reactive thrombocytosis to cause a stroke. It may happen if you have other risk factors for stroke like hypertension and high cholesterol. However, I am hoping that they have ruled out other causes of thrombocytosis (increased platelet co... Read Full »
The hemogram showed some aberration. Please explain.
Query: Hi doctor, My partner is 62 years old. She has diabetes. Her fasting sugar is 138 mg/dL, and PPBS is normal. Her TSH is usual at present. The HbA1c test is standard with 5.5 %. We did hemogram along with a sugar testing last week. It showed some aberration. The WBC was normal. Total WBC was margina... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The RBC (red blood cells) count is normal. The red cell distribution width indicates the variation in the size of the RBCs. It is usually seen in iron deficiency anemia where the RBCs b... Read Full »
My grandmother has a platelet count of 10,000. Will she be alright?
Query: Hello doctor,My grandmother has a platelet count of 10,000. She is currently on her blood pressure medication. Of note, at the age of 52, she was operated on for severe menstrual bleeding. However, there is no sign of cancer in our whole family. Today is her transfusion. Will she be alright? I have ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the reports attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity) apart from a punched-out lesion on the skull. There seems to be no abnormality. Generally, a lytic lesion in the bones of an elderly person would raise the suspicion of multiple myel... Read Full »