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A friend has been diagnosed with a low blood platelet count

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A friend has been diagnosed with a low blood platelet count and white and red blood cell counts that are irregular. She has been told she has Pancytopenia(?). She is going in for a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. Is this procedure a logical step in treatment. Will it lead to a solution?

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It is absolutely a logical step in the workup of pancytopenia.

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The reason is that all the components of blood are made in the bone marrow.

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Your friend has low counts of red cells, white cells, and paltelets.

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The diagnosis will likely come from the bone marrow aspiration and this will lead to proper therepy.

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