Platelet Count

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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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 »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Is a platelet count of 455 units dangerous?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother's platelet count is 455 units. The normal range is 450 units. Her hemoglobin is 8 units. Is this platelet count dangerous? She has pain in the left leg below the knee portion. The nerves below are clearly visible. She took analgesics like Diclofenac, Signoflam, and Zerodol, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A platelet count of 4,55,000 /microliter of blood is not dangerous. Your mother is anemic given her hemoglobin level of 8 g/dL. She should be evaluated and her anemia treated accordingly. I do not understand what you mean by visible nerves. Do you mean veins? Please...  Read Full »

My grandmother has a platelet count of 10,000. Will she be alright?

Query: Hello doctor, My grandmother is having a¬†platelet count of 10,000. She is currently on her blood pressure medication. Of note, at the age of 52, she was operated for severe menstrual bleeding. However, there is no sign of cancer in our whole family. Today is her transfusion. Will she be alright? I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Smrita Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 myeloma...  Read Full »

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