A condition where a person has a low Platelet Count.  This can occur when the body doesn’t manufacture them fast enough, or if they are being destroyed too fast.

Platelets (Thrombocytes) are the colorless blood cells that help blood clot in the case of a wound or bleeding.

Platelets normally live about 10 days.  Your body normally renews new Platelets on a continuing basis via your bone marrow.

THROMBOCYTOPENIA is indicated when tested you have fewer than 150,000 Platelets per microliter of blood.  Some results may show this abbreviated such as 150, or your cooresponding specific result.

Causes of Decreased Production
Leukemia, Lymphoma, and other cancers
Some types of Anemia know as Aplastic Anemia
Viral Infections such as Hepatitis C, HIV, Chickenpox, Epstein-Barr
Platelet Lowering Diseases such as Wiskott-A;drich, May-Hegglin
Chemotherapy Drugs
Radiation Therapy
Heavy Alcohol Consumption over a long period

Cases of Increased Destruction of Platelets
Immune Thrombocytopenia [Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis]
Bacteria in the Blood
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Medications [Sulpha type Antibiotics, Heparin, Quinine, Anticonvulsants]