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Elevated platelet count - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Good afternoon, I am a 36 yr old female in pretty good health-non smoker occasional drinker no street drugs or abuse of any kind. I have a concern with Platelets..
User :   I saw the doctor in with platelet count 427- (7 days after getting a tattoo. May 14, returned to see the doctor as he likes to see me every 6 months-count was elevated at 467 two days before I came down with an ear/throat infection. Doc asked me to repeat blood work ..on 6/11 results came back 422.. on 6/13 I went to the local ER for severe stomach gastritis ( I know this is related to stress as I have history of GERD) they found a UTI and said all other tests ..for inflamed pancris etc were normal. Platelets were 471 and they said slightly about their norm of 445..I explained that my doc is watching these and now wants me to see a hemotologist..because his office cut off is 400! I don't particularly see a need to see a specialists but was looking for some advise.
User :   My doc said this is an isolated finding and this may just be my normal. I'm not sure why I need to see someone else when the ER's cut off at the local hospital is 445 and I have only been out of range twice and both times an infection was present...and still not that high.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   olease give me 2 minutes to read this
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are u there??
User :   Yes
Doctor :   it is better u follow the doctor advice and see a hemotologist
User :   ok? I'm not sure what he's looking for
Doctor :   there are many reasons for reduced platelet count
Doctor :   he wants to confirm ur low platelet count first and then find out the reason
User :   No-he's telling me my platelets are elevated...
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