What does a low blood platelet count ...

What does a low blood platelet count mean?

There are 888 comments on the News Sun story from May 7, 2007, titled What does a low blood platelet count mean?. In it, News Sun reports that:

“My family physician did a blood test.”

"I was told that my blood platelets are low," my 25-year-old Hispanic female patient informed me three years ago. via News Sun

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Mrs Clark

Winterville, NC

#641 Jan 4, 2012
MY blood platlets are reading at about 105 ..They said its called TTP or ITP depending on the circumstance. It cause your body not to have enough blood platlets to clot properly and clot things that should not clot. So that could be whats causing the problem.
Mrs Clark

Winterville, NC

#642 Jan 4, 2012
I was diagnosed with Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura which is a blood disorder that causes you to have low blood count Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), leading to bruising, red pin dots on the body or purpura.Microangiopathic hemolytic anemia (anemia, jaundice and a blood film featuring evidence of mechanical fragmentation of red blood cells)Neurologic symptoms (fluctuating), such as hallucinations, bizarre behavior, altered mental status, stroke or headaches
Kidney failure or even a fever . It can be caused by medicines, surgeries,
Mr KERR

Australia

#643 Jan 5, 2012
Mrs Clark wrote:
MY blood platlets are reading at about 105 ..They said its called TTP or ITP depending on the circumstance. It cause your body not to have enough blood platlets to clot properly and clot things that should not clot. So that could be whats causing the problem.
Thank you Mrs Clark - What you say is exactly what the Specialist tells me and that my friend whom I care for has a problem with her ITP blood readings as they come down as my friend has her 4 x 600 ml bags of platelets each week. I thank you for your reply as it confirms what I have been told, my friend was on Waughfrin tablets but I don't like that.
Many Thanks, R Kerr Aust
Mr KERR

Australia

#644 Jan 5, 2012
At present Mrs Clark I am going through the blood Bank's tests to try find out abouut this ITP and what causes it to go as high as 700 when platelet count goes down.
Mr KERR

Australia

#645 Jan 5, 2012
shelly wrote:
I have suffered the last couple of years with low platelet count nothing has been done or said. I recently had a blood test and have been told my count is low and need a repeat test in 3months. I am becoming quite concerned as this seems to be ongoing and nothing else seems to be done. I do bruise very easily and have tiny pin marks on my upper arms although not a huge amount. I have not been feeling well and wonder if this is the reason.
"shelly" I do trust that since 2007 when you posted your remarks about low platelets that you have seen other Dr's and are well on way to a better health
R Kerr Australia
Feliz

New York, NY

#646 Jan 6, 2012
You seem to have a very serious health problem if you have a low platelet count and you should consult your doctor about it. Your condition can get worse if medical treatment will not be provided immediately. Seek medical advice for more information. Refer to http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com/hip... .
yelitza

Cambridge, MA

#647 Jan 12, 2012
David-Lexington SC wrote:
my platelets were at 19 this morning and I've been experiencing a change in my vision ... has anyone else had this happen


yesterday i was told my platelet conunt was 98,000 and i have been experincing blurs that come and go as if i was straining my vision.
Ejg

Orlando, FL

#648 Jan 15, 2012
My Doctor tells me my count is 85 and is low but I have no problem clotting.I am 58 and bruise easily.I just had surgery on my shoulder and the hospital did a bloos platelett count before surgery said I was fine for the surgery.I am not sure what is going on.I have already seen a cancer doctor years ago and he tested my plateletts in his office and said I was at 68 then he said wait I need to run another test on your plateletts but done in a different way and he said I was ok.My personal doctor says there is only one test for plateletts but the cancer doctor says there is two way to test plateletts, Some people are getting false readings could this be true.Does any onme know if there really is two ways to test plateletts, Especially if you test low on the first test then you get the second test and you are fine, Very confusing.All my other numbers are perfect, Cholestrol, Tryglicerides, A1c live and kidney function perfect, I feel great not sure what to do, Myabe fire my personal doctor.
RONALD KERR - AUSTRALIA

Advancetown, Australia

#649 Jan 16, 2012
Ejg wrote:
My Doctor tells me my count is 85 and is low but I have no problem clotting.I am 58 and bruise easily.I just had surgery on my shoulder and the hospital did a bloos platelett count before surgery said I was fine for the surgery.I am not sure what is going on.I have already seen a cancer doctor years ago and he tested my plateletts in his office and said I was at 68 then he said wait I need to run another test on your plateletts but done in a different way and he said I was ok.My personal doctor says there is only one test for plateletts but the cancer doctor says there is two way to test plateletts, Some people are getting false readings could this be true.Does any onme know if there really is two ways to test plateletts, Especially if you test low on the first test then you get the second test and you are fine, Very confusing.All my other numbers are perfect, Cholestrol, Tryglicerides, A1c live and kidney function perfect, I feel great not sure what to do, Myabe fire my personal doctor.
The Lady I am a carer for has had her platelett count down as low as 29 which I am told by her Blood Specalist ( a Professor ) is low, a platelett count between 100 and 400 is considered as OK.
I am told there is only one way to test Platelett level and not to have 2 tests one after another and not to have tsets when you are having a Blood transfussion or plasma or plateletts. Have your platelett test a few days before you have any of the above as it gives a false reading, also have your medication you are taking
( if any )to see if it effects your blood readings and platelett count.
Maybe try another Dr or go to a Blood Bank to have them checked, you will get a true reading there.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#650 Jan 17, 2012
Ejg wrote:
My Doctor tells me my count is 85 and is low but I have no problem clotting.I am 58 and bruise easily.I just had surgery on my shoulder and the hospital did a bloos platelett count before surgery said I was fine for the surgery.I am not sure what is going on.I have already seen a cancer doctor years ago and he tested my plateletts in his office and said I was at 68 then he said wait I need to run another test on your plateletts but done in a different way and he said I was ok.My personal doctor says there is only one test for plateletts but the cancer doctor says there is two way to test plateletts, Some people are getting false readings could this be true.Does any onme know if there really is two ways to test plateletts, Especially if you test low on the first test then you get the second test and you are fine, Very confusing.All my other numbers are perfect, Cholestrol, Tryglicerides, A1c live and kidney function perfect, I feel great not sure what to do, Myabe fire my personal doctor.
your cancer doctor is also a hemotologist. He spent years learning about blood. He has a specialized computer that test your blood. If he says there are two tests to show your platelet count you can believe him. When you see him again be sure and mention your concern. He will gladly explain how it works. I'm sure if you called his office his nurse or PA could help you to know the truth. They are usually very helpful. Good luck to you
RBC

Saudi Arabia

#651 Jan 17, 2012
8 month before i had the same problem. but I did not attend any treatment yet. cozz I am scared of Hiv positive result

Since: Feb 11

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#652 Jan 17, 2012
RONALD KERR - AUSTRALIA wrote:
<quoted text>The Lady I am a carer for has had her platelett count down as low as 29 which I am told by her Blood Specalist ( a Professor ) is low, a platelett count between 100 and 400 is considered as OK.
I am told there is only one way to test Platelett level and not to have 2 tests one after another and not to have tsets when you are having a Blood transfussion or plasma or plateletts. Have your platelett test a few days before you have any of the above as it gives a false reading, also have your medication you are taking
( if any )to see if it effects your blood readings and platelett count.
Maybe try another Dr or go to a Blood Bank to have them checked, you will get a true reading there.
I have done some research and he is right. There is only one way,besides bruising I suppose, to test for platelets and that's a CBC (complete blood count). I should have figured because that's the test I get to make sure my blood is thin enough.
lola

United States

#653 Jan 17, 2012
My playlets are 59 is that very low

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#654 Jan 17, 2012
lola wrote:
My playlets are 59 is that very low
that is pretty low, you should talk to a dr.
PDS

Chesapeake, VA

#655 Jan 18, 2012
Thank you for all of your input. You gave me a list of questions for my doctor when I see him this Friday. I was supposed to have sergury on my left eye due to retinal detachment. They wouldn't do it because my platelet count was 40,000.We'll see what he says/does.

Thanx again

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#656 Jan 19, 2012
PDS wrote:
Thank you for all of your input. You gave me a list of questions for my doctor when I see him this Friday. I was supposed to have sergury on my left eye due to retinal detachment. They wouldn't do it because my platelet count was 40,000.We'll see what he says/does.

Thanx again
my goodness, what a dilemma. Please let us know what you find out
concerned

United States

#657 Jan 20, 2012
sarah wrote:
im facing the same or almost the same situation. i went to see my doctor today for a check up but it turned out that my bLood work has been compLeted.so my doctor Looked through them and she found out that i have a Low amount of pLatelets. i was kind of freaked out a bit because i heard that having a Low amount of that means i have a type of cancer or something but my doctor said i dont have to worry about it all that much.Anyway after a whiLe i was okay with my problem. you know just LET IT BE.i just hope its nothing because im onLY 15 and i want to enjoy lIfe :(.
Oh My God Child ! You see another Doctor now!!!
bindi

Dhaka, Bangladesh

#658 Jan 30, 2012
My father has ICD implant three months ago. Now his platelet count is 115000 . Is it ok.

Since: Feb 11

Location hidden

#659 Jan 30, 2012
bindi wrote:
My father has ICD implant three months ago. Now his platelet count is 115000 . Is it ok.
I have to keep a low platelet count because of the mechanical valve that I have. It's to keep my blood from clotting and plugging the valve. Your father may need to have his platelet count low too. That would be a good question for his doctor
Clp

Reno, NV

#660 Feb 3, 2012
Last visit to Oncologist had very similar results to beginning results. Said some people just have low platelets. Go back in 2 months for a check up and have had many blood tests. Hopefully it's just "normal"! Hope all is well all.

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