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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:02 PM   1
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how can i be at risk of blood clot with low platelets


Help, need advice asap. Admitted to hosp due to breathlessness, heart palpitations and chest pain. I thought it was either asthma or anaemia but they are insisting on scanning me for blood clot in lung and exposing baby to radiation. I've got low platelets, 139 so how would a clot even be possible. Would appreciate opinions as am thinking of declining scan



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:15 PM   2
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I have just done some quick reading online and it says although it is rare, it can happen, especially in pregnancy. If they think there is a small possibility of a blood clot it needs to be checked ASAP. I hope it's a false alarm xx



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:32 PM   3
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Even when your platelet count is low they are still present. You are still capable of clotting, and there are many factors that influence clotting.

That being said, it's rare in healthy individuals. I hope it's a false alarm!



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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:39 PM   4
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Thanks :-)



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:41 PM   5
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Don't worry Hun it happenned to a few women on here. It didnt end up being a blood clot but they did have to get a scan to make sure. I would do it, benefits definately outweigh the risks...



 
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 15:51 PM   6
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And I believe the normal range for platelets is 150-450? So you're pretty close to normal

I would let them investigate hun, as rare as it is, it can be very harmful to you and baby.



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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 20:58 PM   7
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There is a condition where blood clots form in the body's small blood vessels & the increased clotting uses up platelets to fight the clots. Good luck!



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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 21:32 PM   8
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I have low platelets too (123) and had a scan on my leg today looking for clots. All clear though and I'm sure it will be for you too.



 
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 06:31 AM   9
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There is a condition where blood clots form in the body's small blood vessels & the increased clotting uses up platelets to fight the clots. Good luck!
This! Complications in pregnancy can throw your body's coagulation abilities out of whack, causing clots to shut off blood flow to organs and the baby and causing you to hemorrhage elsewhere since your coagulation factors are being used up. It's called disseminated intravascular coagulation and can be extremely dangerous. It is very rare, but definitely worth investigating. Hope everything checks out okay!



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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 11:27 AM   10
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Thanks everyone. I am now at home. Had the initial tests including xray which all came back clear but drew the line at the very high radiation tests. Weighing up everything I don't feel I had the symptoms really of a PE and I felt there was too much risk to continue investigating. I know this is a risk but I am keeping an eye on things and will be going back in if I get symptoms again. Spoke to the cardiac consultant, my pregnancy consultant and midwife and all have agreed I am probably making the right decision although I did have to sign to say discharging myself against medical advice. Thank you so much for all your input. Fingers crossed I won't regret this!



 
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