FAQ - Blood Platelet Disorders
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What does a slightly low blood platelet count mean?

The doc said my platelet count was below normal, but just slightly. Should I be concerned? What can I do to increase the count?

It doesn't mean anything on its own - its only a concern if you have additional symptoms caused by low platelets. It usually takes extremely low platelet counts to cause noticeable problems, so its very unlikely that there is anything actually wrong.

There isn't anything you can do directly to increase platelets - the number of platelets is an internal balancing act between the rate of platelet production by the bone marrow and the rate that they are destroyed by the immune system.

Its almost impossible to speed up platelet production in the bone marrow, but a variety of drugs and "natural" remedies can increase platelet numbers by suppressing the immune system, but a depressed immune system is a much greater health problem than having depressed platelet numbers.

In general, platelet product is maximized when you are fully hydrated and eating a nutritious diet, and this is usually the best you can do.   (+ info)

What diseases and disorders include thin blood and swelling of the hands and feet?

I have had trouble with swelling in my hands and feet for two years now. They swell every morning and every night. I also just found out that my blood is too thin. They said that it took my blood 12 and a half minutes to clot and that that was not normal. Now I have to go to the cancer center and get some tests done. Now I am worried. I really need some information about this.

It could be due to lots of things. Be sure they take notice of any medications you're taking when you go to be tested. Also be completely honest with the doctors about any herbal treatments, whether pills or teas, that you are taking. Don't forget to tell them if you are taking aspirin, tylenol, or anything like that which can thin the blood.

Good luck to you...  (+ info)

what does it mean if i have a low blood platelet count ?

according to recent blood-test results, my platelet count was 149 , below the accepted 'normal' range of 160-400 k/cu mm . the reading a year prior was 166 , so it dropped during the last year, assuming the blood test results are accurate and reliable.

Is anything else with the blood count off? Going from 166 to 149 over a year is not a significant drop. Many labs use a normal value at the lower end to be 150. Unless you have other abnormalities, I would ask your doctor about it, but I problably wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

Keep in mind that for a lab to determine a "normal" range, they take a group of "normal" persons and take the middle 95% as the normal range. So by definition, normal will have some outliers at the fringe of the range. You sound like YOUR normal is at the lower end of that range.

Edit: bleeding problems from a low platelet count do not occur until the count is less than 50K, and spontaneous bleeding will occur if less than 20k. There is no evidence that you have given that you have any problems clotting. Clotting is measured by a completely different blood test (PT and PTT). Don't worry, sometimes dr. google is a scarey thing.  (+ info)

How to raise blood platelet levels?

My mother is going through chemotherapy and her platelet levels are low so they've skipped this treatment. Is there any natural way to get the platelet level to rise? I've been reading about sesame seed oil. Has anyone heard of this or any other natural remedy? Please, I'm open to any ideas. Thanks.

When mine were low I was told to eat more sea food and other foods high in iron and to get lots of uninterrupted rest. I was told other that those were only suggestions because really all you can do is rest and wait.  (+ info)

Anybody have problems with pregnancy due to Blood clotting Disorders?

I have just got the results back from the thrombiphillia panel. And it came back that I have tested positive for 3 kinds of blood clotting disorders which is the cause of my 2 miscarriges. The doctor says this could be treated as easily as taking a baby aspririn a day or getting a shot of heprarin daily, I just wanted to know if there is anyone on here who can give me some kind of Idea what this will be like if I do get pregnant again. I am so scared.

I have a friend who has a clotting disorder and she has to take a baby aspirin every day for it. She's now 32 weeks along and the baby's just fine!  (+ info)

Possible low blood platelet count and no health insurance?

When I was about fourteen, I was told I had a low blood platelet count and given prednisone--which I found out I am allergic to.

I am now eighteen years old with no health insurance, a full time student and full time employee. I want to know if I still have low blood platelet count but am struggling financially.

What do you advise? Thanks.

Also, I do not really show any signs of low blood platelet count except I'm tired a lot but I don't get enough sleep and hardly find time to eat.

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What's the best foods to eat if you want to help your white blood platelet count go up?

I've been told that I have a bad spleen,and my white blood cells are almost non-existant due to my poor white blood platelets?.I don't have Luekemia,just a condition called Splenomegaly.And Cirrohsis of the liver.I want to go on some type of diet that will benefit my white blood cells.Anyone know what would be the best things to eat? drink?

Green, leafy vegies, protein-rich foods. Pls don't drink alcohol! I hope you get better!  (+ info)

How can I get my blood platelet count go down?

My hematologist doc only prescribes Litalir. Even that doesn't make my platelet count go down. 570000.

Doesn't the doctor have some idea on why it is so high?  (+ info)

what causes a low blood platelet count?

I found out today that My blood platelet count was low and my hemoglobin.

Could anemia be the cause of this? I have to do labs for this so they could tell if I am anemia or not but was wondering what causes blood platelets to go low.

Koter - Low blood platelet count is known as "thrombocytopenia." Thrombocytes is another word for platelets while "-penia" means reduced or low numbers.
Normally, you have anywhere from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of circulating blood. Because each platelet lives only about 10 days, your platelet supply is continually renewed by production of new platelets from your bone marrow.
If for any reason your blood platelet count falls below normal, the condition is called thrombocytopenia. Complications may range from none at all to severe bleeding. The risk of bleeding increases as the number of platelets decreases. The greatest risk is when platelet count falls very low — below 10,000 platelets per microliter. At this point, internal bleeding may occur despite a lack of any injury, although this is rare.

Causes of thrombocytopenia generally fall under one of the several categories below.

Reduced production of platelets
Platelets are produced in your bone marrow. A medical problem that involves your bone marrow, such as occurs with leukemia and some types of anemia, could lead to a reduction in the number of new platelets produced. Viral infections, including HIV infection, may suppress your bone marrow's ability to make platelets. Other cancers that affect bone marrow, chemotherapy drugs and heavy alcohol consumption also can impair platelet production.

Increased breakdown of platelets
A number of conditions can cause your body to use up or destroy platelets more rapidly than they are produced, leading to a shortage of platelets in your bloodstream. Examples include:

■Pregnancy, which may cause mild thrombocytopenia.
■Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), a condition in which your immune system mistakenly identifies platelets as a threat and forms antibodies that attack them.
■Other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, which may lead to destruction of platelets due to a malfunctioning immune system.
■Blood poisoning from severe bacterial infections (bacteremia), which may lead to destruction of platelets.
■Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a rare, life-threatening condition that occurs when small blood clots suddenly form throughout your body, using up large numbers of platelets. TTP sometimes happens as a result of a genetic deficiency, but more often the cause is unknown. In some cases, it may be associated with infection or a chronic illness.
■Hemolytic uremic syndrome, another rare disorder that causes a sharp drop in platelets, destruction of red blood cells and impairment of kidney function. Sometimes, this can occur in association with a bacterial Escherichia coli (E. coli) infection, such as may be acquired from eating raw or undercooked meat (often hamburger).
Certain medications can cause a thrombocytopenic reaction by confusing the immune system and causing it to destroy platelets. Examples include heparin, quinidine, quinine, sulfa-containing antibiotics, some oral diabetes drugs, gold salts and rifampin.

In some cases, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia can cause excessive blood clotting instead of bleeding, increasing the risk of clot formation deep within a leg blood vessel or the transport of such a clot to your lungs, which can be life-threatening.

Trapping of platelets in the spleen
The spleen is a small organ about the size of your fist located just below your rib cage on the left side of your abdomen. Normally, your spleen works to fight infection and filter unwanted material from your blood. An enlarged spleen — which can be caused by a number of disorders — may harbor too many platelets, causing a decrease in the number of platelets in circulation.  (+ info)

why intake of anticogulants and decrease in platelet count causes the rupture of blood vessels?

as it is seen in antocogulant based rhodenticides and also in certain human disease in which the platelet counts decreases.

though they directly does nt cause rupture f blood vessel . when ur vessels rupture a protective mechanism called coagulation of blood occurs. anti coagulants prevents dis ..hence bleedin....about platelet they tak part in initiatating coagulation so lack f which causes bleedin  (+ info)

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