hi.my granny is 90 is has a form of leukemia.she is always low on red blood cells and platelets and high on white blood cells.her platelets always drop to about 1000-3000.does this affect her energy and alert level?will topping up of her platelets cause her to build antibodies?will give red blood cells also increase platelet count?
The fatigue your grandmother is experiencing could be secondary to the anemia (low red blood cells). Patients with leukemia generally experience fatigue due to the disease itself, or as a consequence of treatment.
Low platelet count will not cause fatigue. There may be an increased bleeding tendency with low platelet count. Correcting platelet count will not build her antibodies. It will, however, decrease the risk of bleeding.
Giving red blood cells will not increase the platelet count as these are two blood components and have different cell lines.
My mom had AML and she was always tired. Even if they gave her platelets, which was once a week, she was still tired. God bless your grandmother and the battle she is fighting. I lost my mother to this and she was only 53.
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