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high platelet count
Posted by: Ann
Date: April 19, 2002 1:16 AM

I just got my blood work back and my platelets were 423. Five months ago, they were 430. I checked what they were in 2001at this time and they were 403. In 2000 they were 378. I don't understand why they are high. Everything else was considered normal. The platelets were the only thing abnormal. I am 20 years old and have never had any medical problems. What could be causing this?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at February 20, 2009 4:27 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: high platelet count
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 19, 2002 1:26 PM

Your doc should be giving you an answer to this question. I cannot without the opportunity to examine you and take your history. Perhaps your doc will want to repeat the test. This test in particular is sometimes not accurate due to the nature of platelets themselves and difficulty with equipment used to measure them. Any remeasurement should be done at a different lab on different equipment. Sometimes mildly elevated platelet counts simply cannot be explained. I do not mean to throw you off your quest for an answer. I think you should talk to your doc.



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