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Low platelet level in blood test, no symptoms of ITP. Causes and treatment?

Hello Doctor. Hope your day is fantastic and gearing up for a great weekend. Question: My Mother-In-Law from XXXXXX (74 years old been here for 6 months) has a platelet level of 74. Unit is listed at x10E3/uL. Does this mean she has a level of 7400? I ask because I see where people should be very concerned when it falls below 20,000. Well I cannot imagine this is where she is at. She has not a single symptom of ITP.
Asked On : Tue, 25 Sep 2012
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Sep 2012
Hi, welcome to HCm, I am Dr. Das
first of all, the platelet level is 74000, not 7400.
When a patient has this level of platelet, first thing which is to be done is retesting platelet count using the direct peripheral blood film.
Second thing is, if the platelet count is really low, then go for a bone marrow study. Which will indicate what is the basic problem.
After this, you have to go for treatment depending upon the test report.
One more thing low platelet does not means ITP.
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