A low platelet count may also be called thrombocytopenia. This condition can range from mild to severe, depending on its underlying cause. A low platelet count is the result of a medical condition, like leukemia or certain drugs. Thrombocytopenia signs and symptoms may include:
• Easy or excessive bruising (purpura)
• Superficial bleeding into the skin that appears as a rash of pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots (petechiae), usually on the lower legs
• Prolonged bleeding from cuts
• Bleeding from gums or nose
• Blood in urine or stools
• Unusually heavy menstrual flows
• Enlarged spleen
HOW IS LOW PLATELETS DIAGNOSED?
A doctor would carry out a thorough physical examination to look for any signs of bruising or rash. The abdomen would be examined for an enlarged spleen. A complete blood count or CBC test would reveal low platelet count in patients. Certain blood-clotting tests might also be performed.
HOW IS LOW PLATELETS TREATED?
While the treatment of Low Platelets depends upon the cause of the disease, in most of the cases, the doctor treats Low Platelets by medication or blood or platelet transfusions.