Q. Can a son donate platelets to his father?

Answered by
Dr. Smrita Singh
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jan 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My father is suffering from a low platelet count due to leukemia. Can I donate platelets to my father? Someone at blood bank told me that son's platelet will not increase the count to a parent. I am in search of a donor for my father.

Dr. Smrita Singh

Hematology Pathology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Platelet count is reduced in leukemia because the cells in the bone marrow produce platelets known as megakaryocytes that are replaced by the leukemic cells.

If your father is receiving chemotherapy then also all the blood counts including platelets will be reduced.

Your oncologist will give platelet and packed cell transfusions when required.

Platelets, unlike other blood cells, need not be crossmatched or typed. So platelets from any individual can be given to any individual.

It is not necessary for the donor and the recipient to be related.

For more information consult a hematologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/hematologist

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