|Increase platelet count
Apr 23, 2011
Is there a way to increase the platelet count for a Hepatitis C patient with stage four liver cirrhosis?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Your platelet count is probably low because your spleen is holding on the platelets because your spleen has enlarged.
There is a growth factor for platelets that is approved in cancer patients, but its safety in liver disease is unknown.
I would also encourage you to talk to your doctor to see if I have correctly assumed that you have low platelets from "hypersplenism" - a big spleen.
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