daughters low platelet count

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my 14 year old daughter as been feeling ill really tired not eating much because she says she chokes and feels sick she said her chest hurts when she breathes she has lost weight and as a swollen node on left side of her neck and a swollen node under the right side of her jaw doctor as done blood tests and all were normal apart from her platelets which are 108 could anyone please let me know if this as happened to you or any advice on why just her platelets could be low thankyou

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    Hello Dear, sorry to hear your daughter's condition. Stay calm and I am sure GP will refer her to the Haemotologist , try to find the Haemotologist 's hospital Dept. ph.number and call to give you urgent appointment and they will do all the necessary blood tests and that will assure you if there is any serious worry. Some time GP can call the hospital and make it urgent appointment. you need to keep pushing for early appopintment otherwise long waiting list. I had last year high platelets count in my blood but no other sign and symptoms. I made lots of calls and finally manage to see the specialist with in 10 days. I was under Haemotologist's observation for 6 months and my blood count came to normal count and all other tests came negative. I can understand your worry, but just calm and see the specialist soon. My heartfull thought and best wishes for you. I pray for your daughter.

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      thankyou for your reply its worrying me more because she as these swollen glands n feels dizzy n sick and lost weight but all her bloods are within range i dont no the numbers apart from her platelets and i didn't know your platelets could be low without other bloodtests being out of whack did you find out the reason why yours were high ?

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    I am not a doctor by any means but I know someone with ITP.

    A normal platelet count is 150,000 (150) to 450,000 (450). If she's 108,000 (108) that is really low and sounds like it could be ITP. Low platelet does not allow you're blood to properly clot and can cause random bleeding. My mother is quite the opposite, she has had blood clots where her blood clotted to much and still requires blood thinners. However she does not have a clotting disorder. which is weird. It dosen't necessarily mean she has ITP maybe something else is going on that is causing a low platelet count which certainly could be but she needs to see a hematologist to figure that out and the sooner the better.

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      thankyou for your reply what is ITP hope your mum is okay its driving me mad that only her platelets are low i thought other bloodtests would be out of whack aswel

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    Platelet count is a function of the liver. The liver converts/extracts vitamin K from food to help increase the platelet count. Long term not eating (properly) could affect this. Blood tests are not a great indicator of problems.

    I would suggest an endoscopy tube down the throat with a camera on the end) would be the best way forward.

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      thankyou for your reply its been about 3 weeks she hasn't been eating properly for and as lost weight like her school pants are to big for her n was tightish when she got them wouldn't a liver bloodtest show up anything rong with her liver? apparently that came back in range i will ask the doctor over a endoscopy thankyou

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      I have alcohol cirrhosis of the liver, but because I don't drink, my bloods look fine. But because of the risk I'm at, I have an abdomen ultrasound every six months, an endoscopy every three years and I had an abdomen and pelvic CT scan with contrast last week.

      These are the only things that let the consultant know exactly with me and if anything develops. My point is bloods only pick up certain things at a specific time and are not always a great indicator of problems.

      The 108 platelet count will mean that your daughter will bleed for far longer than the average person if she gets a cut. She will also bruise more easily.

      As I said earlier, I would ask about an endoscopy to do an explorative examination. This can check the throat and internals.

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      thankyou for the explanation i will phone the doctor monday and ask over it as he said it maybe just a one off but i dont really no anything about platelets on there own i only no about them in n illness my sister had lymphoma hers were low and mine are high due to what i have going on and it just worried me more that her bloods didnt show up n infection as i thought they would due to her swollen nodes on her neck and jaw thankyou again and i will get onto the doctor monday as she is still feeling unwell anyway and hope everything goes okay with all your scans and that

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