Thrombocythemia is a disease in which your bone marrow makes too many platelets. Platelets are blood cell fragments that help with blood clotting. Having too many platelets makes it hard for your blood to clot normally. This can cause too much clotting, or not enough clotting.
There may be no single cause for thrombocythemia. It is believed to be caused by defects in the bone marrow’s platelet-making cells.
Symptoms of thrombocythemia include:
The symptoms of thrombocythemia may look like other blood disorders or health problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your healthcare provider will take your medical history and give you a physical exam. You may also have tests such as:
Your healthcare provider will figure out the best treatment based on:
Treatment may include:
Work with your healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
It’s also important to:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
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