Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
April 13, 2021, 01:40:57 pm

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Posts: 759174
  • Total Topics: 64353
  • Online Today: 182
  • Online Ever: 4912
  • (November 13, 2019, 02:56:14 am)
Users Online
Users: 3
Guests: 136
Total: 139


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Do I Have HIV?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Thrombocytopenia?  (Read 2326 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline dowellndoubtnot

  • Member
  • Posts: 52
« on: July 27, 2016, 10:31:36 am »
Hi all, its been a long time since i've posted! My partner was diagnosed with HIV a little over 4 years ago, and this forum was a great help at the time.

About 2 years ago, or a year and a half, his results showed that he had low blood platelet counts...90,000, and then 120,000, but then back into the normal range, but on his last bloodwork they were back down to around 120,000.

The doctor ordered an ultrasound of his spleen, which he has an appointment for in two weeks. His overall health and blood work has been good, but he has been having on and off abdominal pain over the past year or more. He is stressed because he knows that low platelets can be a result of lymphoma. Does anyone here have an experience with having low platelet count when the rest of the bloodwork is fine?


Offline bocker3

  • Member
  • Posts: 4,274
  • You gotta enjoy life......
Re: Thrombocytopenia?
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2016, 10:43:22 pm »
While 120,000 is outside most reference ranges -- it's not all THAT low.  Sounds like your doctor is doing a good first step -- as the spleen holds about 1/3 of your platelets, normally.  If enlarged, it can hold more, thus reducing the amount in circulation.

LOTS of things can cause thrombocytopenia -- so no need to assume that it is lymphoma.  In fact, many cases are idiopathic, meaning there is no known cause - these generally resolve themselves. 

With a plt count of 120k he's not really in any serious danger of bleeding, but it should be checked out, as there has been a short history of low counts.  Believe me when I say they can go much lower -- I've performed CBC's with PLT counts of 3,000.

So -- while cause for investigation is present - I wouldn't move to any panic at this point.

Good luck.


Offline dowellndoubtnot

  • Member
  • Posts: 52
Re: Thrombocytopenia?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2016, 02:16:15 pm »
Thanks so much! That makes me feel a little better.

What kind of things could cause an enlarged spleen? Does HIV in itself sometimes cause it?


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2021 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.