Platelet Counts: Know Your Numbers

You and your hematologist (a doctor who specializes in blood diseases) will pay careful attention to your platelet count—the lower your number, the more likely you are to experience bleeding symptoms and/or to require treatment.

Platelet count
(per microliter of blood)
What it means
150,000 to 400,000 You have a normal platelet count.
Less than 150,000 You have thrombocytopenia, a condition marked by low platelets in the blood. ITP is one of many medical conditions that can cause thrombocytopenia. Your doctor ruled out other possible diseases before diagnosing you with ITP.
10,000 to 50,000 Your ITP is serious and likely requires immediate treatment.
Less than 10,000 Your ITP is severe and you're at the highest risk for having a spontaneous bleed.

 

Published July 2011

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