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Is hemoglobin level of 9.5 abnormal for a 24 years old boy ?

Hi My son aged 24 yr is having 9.5 hemoglobin count, Dr says he has low blood plate. Can you clarify this.
Asked On : Fri, 27 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Your son is having anaemia, 9.5 gm hb is much low and requires treatment,
At this age anemia is not common so we should find out the cause.
You inquire about blood loss from any part of his body,If he has bleeding piles or fissure in ano or passing black colour stool.
All conditions having for long time may produce anemia.
If he is weak and poor nourishing diet may cause anemia.
His blood report might have shown type of anemia weather hypochromic or macrocytic.treatment depend upon type of anemia.
1,Prevent loss of blood due to above mentioned causes.
2,Take plenty of green veges,fresh fruits,tomatoes,spinach etc.
3,take good branded Iron,folic acid tablets for about three moths.
Ok and take care.
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General & Family Physician Dr. P. Mahesh's  Response
As already mentioned your son's Hemoglobin level is low ( normal is 14 Gms.). In addition to the causes mentioned above, Hook worm can also lead to anemia, which can be ruled out by stool examination. But what is more important is low blood platelet count, which has to be taken seriously and needs thorough investigation. Low blood platelet count can cause bleeding and in itself lead to anemia.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mohammed Tauseef's  Response
Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Your Son is suffering from anemia where the hemoglobin is less than 12gm/dl, which is secondary to Low Platelet count which in medical parlance is called as Thrombocytopenia. The Normal Hemoglobin in males should be between 12 to 16gm/dl and The platelet count should be 1.5 to 3.5 lakhs/cu. mm of blood. The exact cause to this has to be found out. You haven't mentioned what exactly are his symptoms or what his platelet count is? Thrombocytopenia may happen as a result of immune system malfunction or as a medication side effect of hemorrhagic fevers like dengue. It may be mild and cause few signs or symptoms. In rare cases, the number of platelets may be so low that dangerous internal bleeding can occur. It is treated by treating the cause. Kindly speak to his Doctor and enquire about the cause for it. Many cases of mild thrombocytopenia may not require treatment, it may resolve on its own. If his hemoglobin is continuously falling and is less than 7gm/dl then he will require blood transfusions with packed red blood cells or platelets.
Let your son get adequate rest and eat healthy nutritious balanced diet which should include fresh fruits and green leafy veggies once he starts improving. Until then give him bland diet.

I wish him Good Health, Take Care.
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