My mother will be going in for final testing to determine if she has Cirrhosis - the doctor is almost sure this is the case - she also has a very low Platelet count and Hepatitis C (due to a blood transfusion over 20 years ago). It is our understanding that she will be unable to seek either a transplant or any medical attention to cure this due to a low platelet count. Is there any way to increase her platelet count?
A low platelt count should not preclude a person from being able to have a transplant. Almost everyone with cirrhosis has a low platelet count. It is not the the bone marrow isn't producing platelets that is responsible for the low count. It is because the platelets are being sequestered in the spleen - that's why cirrhotics often have enlarged spleens. Mike
Thanks for the nice comment. I will use this thread to post a couple of links I think might be of interest to some of the members. They are from Medscape so you will probably have to be registered there to view. Registration at medscape.com is free and easy and well worth the time and effort.
<A HREF="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/523692?src=mp/">FATTY LIVER AND TX</A>
<A HREF="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/523693?src=mp/">INTERACTION BETWEEN HEP B&C IN HCC</A>
Im a 20 year old male and I have a low blood platelet count.
I have been tested twice and my platelet count was 117,000 and now its 113,000. What can I do to increase my platelet count to normal levels?
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