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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

High blood platelet count

04/10/2008

Question:

My husband recently had a routine blood test before one-day surgery. His platelet count was twice the normal count, his hematic panel was elevated as was his potassium level. What kinds of problems might we be dealing with? And what should we do next?

Answer:

Elevated platelets can be a reactive process and nothing may need to be done. However, careful followup by your physician to see if they continue rising is important.

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Response by:

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