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Hubby low platelets 1 week 5 hours ago #65711

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Hi I am new. My husband has low platelets 100, low mcv 81.6 and high mchc 36.1. These were found in a routine bloodwork at his physical. He has no symptoms, no rashes, bruises etc. Our MD wants him to see a hemotologist. I am a nervous wreck , he is calm. Any advice??? His first low platelet test was in November when he has his physical it was 108, then it went up to 113 now today it is 100. I am wondering if the low mcv and high mchc mean something else other than ITP?

Chrissy

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Hubby low platelets 1 week 2 hours ago #65713

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Please do not panic. Most people don't get treated unless count is below 30.
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Hubby low platelets 1 week 2 hours ago #65714

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Thank you for getting back to me. I appreciate it!

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Hubby low platelets 1 week 1 hour ago #65717

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ITP isn't even generally diagnosed unless platelets are consistently below 100k. His counts are perfectly safe. Most people do not have symptoms until counts get below 30k. I'm sure the referral to the Hemo is just a precaution. All they will do is monitor his counts. Has he taken any meds or had a vaccine lately? Those things can lower counts as well as viruses or bacterial infections. Many times, it is temporary (weeks or months).
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Hubby low platelets 1 week 11 minutes ago #65725

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No meds and no sickness. Just hoping he will be ok...

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Hubby low platelets 6 days 23 hours ago #65726

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Chances are very good that he will be just fine. :)
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Hubby low platelets 6 days 21 hours ago #65728

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Doctor just called, she said she is putting in an order to see a hemotologist. She said his liver function and kidney function are good. I should have never googled as I am worried about cancer! But now we wait until we hear from them.

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Hubby low platelets 6 days 20 hours ago #65730

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Chrissy stay away from google!! I commend the doctor for putting in a referral for your husband to see a hematologist. 100k is a great count really, the normal low at the lab I use is 150k so really he isn't that low. So don't worry until you know you have something to worry about. You take care and do keep us informed!
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD
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Hubby low platelets 6 days 20 hours ago #65732

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Chrissy:
I think we all had that fear at first but here's the thing. If there are no symptoms like unexplained fevers, loss of weight, night sweats, swollen glands or lumps, etc, and the other cells on the CBC are normal, then chances are good that it's just ITP. Low platelets can be the first sign of MDS, but that is generally always in people over 60 and even then, it's pretty rare. Doctors don't normally do a lot of tests to diagnose ITP and I'd be wary of one who does (unless he has reason to suspect something else). They can usually diagnose it based on the things I just told you and by looking at the blood smear.
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Hubby low platelets 6 days 19 hours ago #65735

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The only other things that are abnormal are he has a high mchc 361 and low MCV 81.6

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Hubby low platelets 6 days 29 minutes ago #65737

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Try not to worry about that just yet. Sometimes there are fluky things that happen with CBC's and the numbers calm down in time.
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Hubby low platelets 5 days 3 hours ago #65741

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Are the mchc and mcv levels something to worry about?

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Hubby low platelets 5 days 1 hour ago #65743

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Only if the doctor tells you it is. All I can tell you is that in the past 20 years, I've had many strange CBC results. In fact, my CBC's are never all in normal range. I used to worry until it happened so often and it always turned out to be nothing. I can't tell you for sure that this is nothing, but if your husband feels fine and has no odd symptoms, that's a very good sign.
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