normal platelet count
Platelets – small cells that help stop bleeding and clot – are an essential part of your blood. But how many platelets should your blood flow through?
Average Platelet Count
The average platelet count is between 150,000 and 400,000 microliters of blood. Because platelets live in the body for only ten days, your bone marrow creates millions of platelets a day. The average plateletcount for women is 157,000 to 371,000 microliters. The average per microliter of blood for men is 135,000 to 317,000.
Abnormal Platelet Count
If the platelet count is higher or lower, it may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. More than 450000 platelets per microliter of blood are called thrombocytosis. Excess of platelets can lead to unnecessary clotting or bleeding if the platelets are not working correctly. Thrombocytopenia is less than 150,000 platelets per microliter of blood. Fewer than 10,000 have severe thrombocytopenia.
Determining Platelet Count
You can tell your plateletcount by doing a complete bloodcount or a routine blood test known as CBC. This board is of performed as part of a general health checkup. It can also be order when a person shows symptoms associated with low platelets or suspected high platelets.
CBC is usually done with an automated device that calculates the number of cells in your blood sample. If the results are not within normal limits, other tests may be ordered to determine the cause.
What it means when your platelet count is high?
When bone marrow is used to produce more platelets, higher platelets can occur. When the cause is unknown, it is called primary or essential thrombocytosis. When excess platelet infection or other conditions result, it is called secondary thrombocytosis.
What it means when your platelets are down?
Low platelets make it difficult for blood to clot, and a person is at high risk of bleeding. The cause may be inherited from not producing enough platelets, but the cause is unknown. In other cases, it is due to an underlying medical condition.