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What may be the cause of my slight low blood platelet count

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what may be the cause of my slight low blood platelet count in combination to my overall normal labs?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


If it is only a slightly low count, likely it is within normal ranges and lab error ranges.

If it is truly low, it might often have to be followed, since everything else is normal.

Any viral infection can slightly lower the count.

Autoimmune disease can to it, but then it would drop.

Medications can do it.

Hepatitis, HIV and some other infections

toxic chemical exposure

other autoimmune diseases like lupus

And other causes.

IT is an extensive list, that is if they keep dropping.

If you are otherwise healthy, not likely to be leukemia, lymphoma, etc. and not with normal blood tests.

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Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

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Slightly low platelet count can be due to the hereditary causes commonly.

Usually not concerning.

Platelet count above 120k is adequate for normal functioning.

As long as you do not have any bleeding problem, this is not concerning.

Platelet count should be confirmed by at least 2 repeat labs.
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