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Low platelets (thrombocytopenia)

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Your blood is made of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and plasmaPlatelets are tiny cell fragments that work with clotting factor proteins to help your blood clot if you get cut.

Low platelets or thrombocytopenia can occur as a part of another disorder, such as leukaemia or an immune system problem. It can also be a side effect of taking some medications.

Thrombocytopenia is often mild and causes few signs or symptoms. You may notice:

You may not need any treatment if your platelets are only mildly low. They may improve with time.

You might need to treat the cause of your low platelets. For example, by stopping a medication.

If your low platelet count is severe, you may need a blood or platelet transfusion.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2023.

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Understanding your complete blood count results

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