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Author Topic: HCV & platelet count?  (Read 7913 times)

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Offline Scared9

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HCV & platelet count?
« on: May 31, 2016, 09:41:42 pm »
 
 My recent blood work is showing a lower than normal platelet count 135 000. Is a low platelet count a normal condition when you have HCV? Any input would be grateful. Thanks

Offline Lynn K

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Re: HCV & platelet count?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 12:26:04 am »
What is the condition of you liver?

Low platelets are called thrombocytopenia.

Decreased production of platelets

Platelets are produced in your bone marrow. If production is low, you may develop thrombocytopenia. Factors that can decrease platelet production include:

    Leukemia
    Some types of anemia
    Viral infections, such as hepatitis C or HIV
    Chemotherapy drugs
    Heavy alcohol consumption

For me low platelets was a result of developing cirrhosis my platelets have been around 80 to 90 but now post treatment have risen to 110. Low platelets are not a serious concern until they get below 50.

Have you asked your doctor?

Here is a link with more information

http://www.medicinenet.com/thrombocytopenia_low_platelet_count/page2.htm

« Last Edit: June 01, 2016, 12:28:43 am by Lynn K »
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline yag1064

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Re: HCV & platelet count?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2016, 07:17:07 pm »
   I have had low platelet count also. Mostly during treatment. After treatment the numbers usually rise. There are a large number of reasons why. Lynn's list shows some. Another is how you deal with the stress of living with the disease. Find ways to reduce the stress of worries. Enjoy the life you have.
   Are you in treatment or seeking treatment now? The sooner you are treated the sooner you will be cured.The medicines for HVC work. But they're hard to get unless your liver is badly damaged. The insurance companies can put up a hard fight. Once the virus is gone, it will be easier to go forward.
   I recently was tested. I am still undetectable after six months. These are words everyone on this site wants to hear. It only took me nine years, three treatments, and two appeals. The point is that it is possible for everyone to be free of the virus. Never give up. You are worth it. There are many wonderful people on this site who genuinely care.

  Best Wishes on your journey
    Rick
Tested positive 2007
Non respond-er to treatment 16wk of 48wk
Started I/R/Sol May 2014
Hep C returned as of Jan 2015
Started Harvoni Sep 16, 2015
1st Test V/L:20
2nd Test V/L: undetectable
Dec 2015 EOT V/L undetectable
12 wk SVR :undetectable  Mar 25,2016
24 wk SVR: undetectable  Jun 24,2016
52 wk SVR undetectable   Dec 16,2016   -- I,m past it!!!
Shambhala

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: HCV & platelet count?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2016, 07:22:44 pm »
Congrats Rick on your SVR24! Enjoy your new life free of hep C. :)

kim
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline Raney

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Re: HCV & platelet count?
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2016, 12:06:27 am »
@ Scared9,
    I cannot say that I have experience with a low platelet count, as mine was 317 before I started treatment (16 days ago)..(my viral load was only 1,546 as well, and my alt was 17, my ast 15..everything was in range, EXCEPT the issue of the HCV)
     I just had my blood drawn Saturday, I expect my numbers to be whacky, as that is what I have read from others.
     I hope that you can get tx and go through with it..it is definitely a way to reduce stress, not only on our liver / our bodies, but also, on our minds. Stress is not good in any capacity.

     These forums and the people I have come in contact with here, have definitely saved my sanity!
45yo/F
Dx:  Dec 2014  
GT: 2b
F2

April 30, 2016 labs (without Tx):
ALT   15
AST  17
VL  1,546 IU/ml  (Mar '15 vl 20,000 / Nov '15 vl 306 / Mar '16 vl 40,306)

June 11, 2016:  Started 12 weeks Riba / Sov
July 9, 2016: 4 week labs = UNDETECTED & all else In Range

Offline Raney

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Re: HCV & platelet count?
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2016, 12:07:07 am »
Congrats Rick!!
45yo/F
Dx:  Dec 2014  
GT: 2b
F2

April 30, 2016 labs (without Tx):
ALT   15
AST  17
VL  1,546 IU/ml  (Mar '15 vl 20,000 / Nov '15 vl 306 / Mar '16 vl 40,306)

June 11, 2016:  Started 12 weeks Riba / Sov
July 9, 2016: 4 week labs = UNDETECTED & all else In Range

 


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