What is PC?
It is done to determine the number of platelets in your blood sample as a part of routine blood count, to screen for diseases which can affect platelets like dengue fever. If you have episodes of unexplained or prolonged bleeding or any other symptoms pointing towards a platelet disorder like small red spots on the skin, you should get your platelet count done urgently.
Why is PC done?
- As a component of complete blood count (CBC), which may be done as a part of routine health examination
- If you have signs and symptoms of bleeding disorder like easy bruising, prolonged bleeding after a small cut, increased menstrual bleeding, numerous nosebleeds etc
- In common diseases like dengue fever, where platelet count becomes low
Interpreting PC results
- Low platelet counts also called as thrombocytopenia may be associated with
A.Viral infections such as dengue fever, hepatitis etc.
B.Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
C.Certain drugs like asprin, ibuprofen or antibiotics like colchicine, indomethacin
D.Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Rarely, platelet count can increase. Causes of high platelet count are:
A.Anemia particularly iron deficiency
B.Infections such as tuberculosis
C.Certain malignancies like essential thrombocytosis