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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Extremely low platelet count

05/01/2009

Question:

I have recently had a minor surgery removing infected milk ducts (two). Immediately following the surgery I had excessive and prolonged bleeding; I also experienced small bruising (petechia) about the body including in my mouth and the white of my eyes. I had a CBC done which revealed that I had a platelet count of 11.1 k/ul. What could be the cause of these symptoms?

Answer:

Many things could cause these symptoms.  If your platelet count was 11,000 you should have been seen right away by a blood specialist.  

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Response by:

Eric H Kraut, MD Eric H Kraut, MD
Professor of Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University