PLATELETS

Platelets are small cells that are in the blood that form blood clots to prevent excessive bleeding and aid in healing of wounds.

Normal Results:
150,000-400,000 platelets per microliter (mcL)
or
150-400 platelets using 10^3/uL system of measurement

Low

Low Platelet Counts will cause your blood to not clot properly.  Results lower than 20,000 (mcL) or 20 (10^3/uL) is really a concern due to uncontrollable bleeding should you sustain an injury.

Some causes of Low Platelet Counts (Thrombocytopenia)
1. Pregnancy
2. Infection
3. Immune issues
4. Malignant Disease like Lymphoma, Lymphatic, Leukemia

Physical symptoms of Low Platelet Counts (Thrombocytopenia)
1. Bruises – Red, Purple, or Brown  (Called Purpura)
2. Rash with small red or purple dots (Called Petechiae)
3. Nosebleeds
4. Bleeding Gums

High

High Platelet Counts can show up when something triggers the bone marrow to produce excessive amounts of Platelets.

Excessive Platelets can lead to a higher chance of a blood clots.

Some causes of High Platelet Counts
1. Recent Injury
2. Excessive Physical Exertion
3. Vit B12 Deficiency
4. Medications
5. Excessive alcohol drinking
6. Cancer
7. Anemia
8. Inflammatory/Immune issues
9. Infections
10. Splenectomy

 

 

 

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