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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Platelet count HS

12/29/2008

Question:

I was diagnosed with HS two month`s ago. I had a Splenectomy and my Goal bladder removed two weeks ago. Today as a follow up my CBC showed a very high Platelet count of 1.7 million. This is very high correct? Is a Very high Platelet count normal S/P this type of procedure?

Thank You

Answer:

The platelet count can go very high after a splenectomy, and it is not typically associated with clotting problems. It should gradually go down over the next several weeks to months. The platelet count can go up with any stress on the body, so in the future it could shoot up again and come back down slowly for the same reasons.

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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