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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Platelet count

08/28/2007

Question:

Why would a platelet count elevate above normal after a splenectomy? My counts have remained 2 - 2 1/2 times the normal for more than a year.

Answer:

That will commonly happen, but should eventually come back down. Acute stress and or illness though can make it go back up again, but then it should drift back down. This may continue to happen because your spleen is not there to absorb the acute rise in your platelet count that can happen.

It's nothing to worry about. There is no increased risk for clotting or any other problems associated with this.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University