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Question: Low platelet counts - bone marrow biopsy

 pbmax - Thu May 31, 2007 8:03 pm

I am a 46 year old white female. 9 years ago on a routine visit, my doctor saw that I had low platelet count and sent me to an oncoland ogist. He ran tests (at the time I was also anemic) and decided that I had IPT and told me to take iron pills. 3 years ago my current doctor sent me back to another oncologist because my WBC was low and my
platelets were still low (around 80,000). The oncologist ran more tests which came back OK and took another CBC; at that point my WBC were 4.1 and platelets 115,000. The remaining test would have been a bone marrow biopsy which I opted not to do. I feel great, I excercise hard 6 days per week, my weight is fine, no fever at all this winter, but...last month I went to my doctor for my cholesterol checkup and he did a CBC again, and again my WBC were 2.4 and platelets 99,000 and here I went to the oncologist AGAIN. When she ran another CBC my WBC was 4.1 and platelets 118,000. I have finally agreed to have a bone marrow biopsy this coming monday. What do you think?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:28 am

User avatar A bone marrow biopsy is quite reasonable to see what is going on.

With six years of this and no progression (or at least what seems to be no significant progression) I don't think cancer is very likely.

The bone marrow biopsy will give you some good information about what is going on.

Best wishes.

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