My mother is 64 years old, and had her first doctor's appointment in 25 years last month. At her follow up appointment, they indicated that all results were normal (very surprising) - however her platelet count was extremely low (under 100). They said they would refer her for further testing. Well when she received the phone call the next week for the appointment, it was from the Cancer Clinic - setting up the appointment with an Oncologist, needless to say she was floored. She does suffer from excessive bleeding (oral) and bruises easily. Her appointment is next week. How worried should she be? Is it just routine to see an Oncologist initially?
Low platelet count in body can be due to condition called as Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura or certain drugs or chemicals like Quinidine or quinine or digitoxin or heparin etc.
There are certain other conditions like food allergy or liver disease also can cause thrombocytopenia. Oncologist are specialist in reference to blood cells, hence a reference is placed.
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