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What causes a low platelet count?

Could someone please tell me what causes a low platelet count and how do you treat it? My stepfather saw a doctor yesterday for an irregular heartbeat and the bloodwork showed low platelets.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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To be honest there are so many reasons why your platelet count can be low. See this website for information it is the platelet disorder support association http://www.itppeople.com/lowplate.htm Depending on the reason and how low the platelets are then you may need a transfusion of platelets. Your platelet count should be 200-400 thousand.
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