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10 Signs of Thrombocytopenia

Kimberly Love

The platelet count in a healthy human adult is from 150,000 to 450,000 platelets per microliter of blood. When there is a marked and sustained decrease, it is an indication of a disorder called thrombocytopenia. If the platelet count dips below 50,000 per microliter, emergency treatment is required. Causes of thrombocytopenia can include excess drug and alcohol use, Vitamin B12 deficiency, prolonged dehydration and more severe issues like sepsis and leukemia.

Snake bites and Lyme disease can also cause this disorder. A full blood workup will help pinpoint the problem. You may even be asked to submit to a bone marrow biopsy. Treatment will be dictated by how severe the disorder has become. Your doctor may give you an injection of corticosteroids, which are used to increase platelet production. The key to eliminating thrombocytopenia is treating the underlying cause. This disorder should not be ignored. Left untreated it can cause organ severe damage.

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