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Thrombocytosis
Pathology
Type

Blood disorder

Cause(s)

Various

Symptoms

Unusually high platelet count

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

Aspirin for minor cases, hydroxyurea or anagrelide for more serious cases

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Thrombocytosis is a condition where there are an unusually high number of platelets in the blood. Although patients with the condition are often asymptomatic, the high platelet count can cause complications with other conditions. Thrombocytosis can either be a separate disease (primary thrombocytosis) or a symptom of another disease, such as inflammation, certain medications and several diseases including autoimmune conditions and infections.

In most cases, patients will be given a precautionary regime of low dose aspirin to counteract the possibility of clotting, but in mild cases, the patient only needs to be regularly monitored.

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